Sass Café has temporarily close its doors after five members of staff tested positive for Covid-19.
Samy Sass took to social media on Saturday to explain why his family’s iconic bar and restaurant would be temporarily unavailable to its loyal customers, in a message headed “We had no choice.”
“Since the outbreak of the pandemic, our strategy and message was always clear that we will protect all our staff, friends and people connected with us in any way that was possible,” Samy wrote.
“Due to some workers having tested positive today, and in order to safeguard everybody, we have to take the unfortunate decision to close Sass Cafe with immediate effect. Please take great care of yourselves. We will keep you posted when Sass Cafe will be able to reopen.”
The first staff member at Sass Café tested positive on Tuesday, prompting widespread screening of 66 people. Among the seven people who returned positive results, four were employees of the restaurant.
“We had 250 seats booked that Saturday night. But the health of the staff and our customers comes first, of course,” Samy Sass told Monaco Matin. “My father and I have decided to lower the curtain until further notice.”
Monaco recorded 10 new cases of Covid-19 among residents between Friday and Sunday. It brings the total number of confirmed cases among residents in the Principality to 112, with one resident in ICU, 24 people being followed by the Home Monitoring Centre, and 83 people cured.
Monaco Life talks to Samy Sass, owner of the iconic Sass Café
Top photo: SASS CAFÉ © Fabbio Galatioto