Hunters Palm Springs, a popular nightclub and bar, and Streetbar have closed indefinitely after two employees tested positive for COVID-19, the businesses said on Saturday.
All employees who were in contact with the infected individuals will be tested and quarantined, the bars announced.
“Hunters’ owners, management and staff are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our employees and guests by taking the necessary precautionary measures,” management wrote on Facebook.
It is unclear how many employees have been in contact with the two employees who tested positive. Reopening dates were not provided.
On Facebook, Streetbar said its infected employee called in sick on June 19 and has not worked since then. The bar learned of his positive test on Saturday and closed the establishment.
The closures come amid a steep increase in positive cases throughout Riverside County.
On Friday, county officials confirmed 501 new cases of coronavirus and three additional virus-related deaths. There are now 15,643 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county, and 438 of those have been fatal.
In Palm Springs, face coverings are required in many settings, including picking up food or in-person dining at a restaurant, except while seated at a table or bar.
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Desert Sun reporter Amaray Alvarez contributed to this report.
Shane Newell covers breaking news and the western Coachella Valley cities of Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 760-778-4649 or on Twitter at @journoshane.