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Jakarta bar Amigos visited by COVID-19 patient suspends operation amid virus fears

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 3, 2020   /   05:58 pm
Jakarta bar Amigos visited by COVID-19 patient suspends operation amid virus fears Amigos Bar and Cantina in Kemang, South Jakarta, will suspend operation for 14 days after two people who interacted at the club were found to have the novel coronavirus. (Shutterstock/Roman Sigaev)

Amigos Bar and Cantina in Kemang, South Jakarta, has decided to suspend its operation for 14 days as a precautionary measure to stop spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

Fears about the outbreak surged after a woman was declared positive for COVID-19 after spending an evening at Amigos on Feb. 14. At the bar, the woman interacted with a Japanese national who was later found to have the illness as well.

“We have to keep up the healthy environment of the location. We have been in business for 40 years. Amigos always maintains the safety of the employees and the customers,” Mulles Ron, founder of Amigos, said as quoted by antaranews.com.

He said local health agency officers had come to examine the employee and screen the food and drink to make sure that Amigos was free of the virus so that the public could regain confidence in the business.

“We have invited a team from the health agency as well as private professionals to confirm the health environment in Amigos restaurant,” he said.

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He said the restaurant had also provided hand sanitizers for the employees and the customers.

“We hope that the public will not panic. The employees here are all healthy,” he said.

Agus, the manager of Amigos, said that so far there were no employees who complained of being sick. He said there were 30 people working in the restaurant, including himself.

Amigos Bar and Cantina is located in the Kemang Villa Club on Jl. Kemang Selatan, Bangka subdistrict, South Jakarta. The Mexican-themed restaurant has been in operation since 1979. (gis)