ROCKPORT — As of Monday afternoon, the owners of Roy Moore Fish Shack and the town Board of Health were still planning how to move forward after the Dock Square restaurant was shut down temporarily when an employee was diagnosed with hepatitis A.
Karin Porter, who owns the Fish Shack with her husband, Kenny, first met with the Board of Health on Saturday morning, the day after the state Department of Public Health issued a warning to all customers who ate "uncooked food" at the restaurant between April 21 and May 12.
"We talked about how to move forward and rectify the problem," Karin Porter said Monday. "As of yet nothing has been done. We're still in the planning stages."
There is no set date as to when the restaurant will reopen.
"We're taking every precaution and we'll reopen when we're safe," Karin Porter said.
Interim Town Administrator Mitch Vieira told the Gloucester Daily Times via email there are "no new updates as of (Monday)."
A message on the restaurant's Facebook page states Roy Moore Lobster Company, the Porters' other eatery on Bearskin Neck, "is not affected and has been cleared by the Board of Health to remain operational."
Further updates regarding the Fish Shack will be posted on the restaurant's social media, according to the message.
Friday's warning from the state's Health Department notified customers of the restaurant between April 21 and May 12 “who ate cold or uncooked food or who are unsure what they ate” to contact their health care provider about the possible exposure.
“Cold or uncooked foods include salads and salad items, rolls, bread, hamburger and hot dog buns, fruit or vegetable garnishes, cold desserts, hamburger or sandwich condiments such as pickles and onions, chips, ice or beverages containing ice,” the state’s warning says.
Early symptoms of hepatitis A are fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and jaundice. Persons should see a doctor even if symptoms are mild, since the virus is highly infectious, the state's warning said.
A vaccine and medication may help preventing hepatitis A infection if administered within two weeks of exposure, according to the state.
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