“We choose to be proactive for everyone’s health without waiting for direction from the CDC,” said President and CEO Richard Gonzmart
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Columbia Restaurant Group, owner of several traditional Spanish restaurants, will require its employees to return to masks amid the surge in coronavirus cases.
The Columbia Restaurant Group owns The Columbia Restaurant at 98 St George Street in St. Augustine.
“With COVID Delta variant infection rates soaring, Columbia Restaurant will once again lead our industry when it comes to the safety of our employees and customers,” wrote President and CEO Richard Gonzmart on Facebook.
Gonzmart says the company will again make masks mandatory on July 20. The company introduced a similar policy for employees after mandatory quarantine ended in May 2020.
“We choose to be proactive for everyone’s health without waiting for a directive from the CDC,” he said. “I also encourage you to get vaccinated if you are able. Up to 80 percent of those who are hospitalized now for infections have not been vaccinated. “
Gonzmart says he and his wife Melanie tested positive for COVID-19 and credits the vaccine with saving his life. He said he was able to recover over a 10 day period that consisted of antibody infusion treatment.
“But as my doctors have told me, those who have been vaccinated are often more fortunate and gifted with the difference between life and death.”