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UPDATE: Jing Las Vegas restaurant in Downtown Summerlin hopes to reopen Thursday

Posted at 3:54 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 17:44:50-04

JUNE 23 UPDATE: Jing Las Vegas in Downtown Summerlin says it hopes to reopen on Jun 25.

We are looking at a tentative reopening date of Thursday, June 25th as the entire staff has been tested and are awaiting results.

Those with a negative test result will be allowed to return to work, and those with a positive test result will undergo a mandated 14-day quarantine before being allowed to return.

Photo credit Joseph Durkin

JUNE 20 UPDATE: Jing Las Vegas in Downtown Summerlin has decided to close on June 22 and use it as a "wellness day." The restaurant sent the following to 13 Action News:

Jing Las Vegas located at Downtown Summerlin is taking the necessary precautions to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus after three presumptive positive cases. In response to this, Jing Las Vegas has decided to close on Monday, June 22, making it a “wellness day” that will consist of retraining the staff and updating COVID-19 procedures including:

•Implementing additional signage
•Spacing out tables and chairs even further
•Providing complimentary masks upon entry
•Requiring a digital temperature check for all staff and patrons
•Installing additional hand sanitizer dispensers
•Requiring the entire staff to undergo testing

Those who test positive will be mandated to quarantine for at least 14 days before being allowed to return to work. The General Manager of Jing Las Vegas left the restaurant on his own accord to undergo testing, and is awaiting results.

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ORIGINAL STORY: A popular restaurant in Downtown Summerlin is admitting that some of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

13 Action News reached out to Jing Las Vegas, a new seafood restaurant and steakhouse, after receiving a complaint from someone familiar with the restaurant.

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Photographs on social media and a video recorded on May 29 that was given to 13 Actions News appear to show a lack of social distancing and masks inside of the restaurant.

Joe Elevado, chef and managing partner, sent the following to 13 Action News:

It is true that a few employees have tested positive for the virus however they were isolated and were removed from the roster even before they took their tests. We will continue to follow SNHD guidelines and employ usage of strict social distancing as well as mask/glove utilization paired with thorough hand washing. Any employee that has any symptoms or that feels ill will be mandated to remain at home. All employees are required to get tested and should they receive a positive result will be required to self quarantine for two weeks and re-test with a negative result before returning to work. It is our priority to ensure the safety of our staff and guests here at JING Las Vegas.

Thank you, Jing Restaurant

Jing quickly became a hot spot for local celebrities and others after it opened in February 2020. On June 18, Jing Restaurant welcomed Real Housewives of Orange County star Emily Simpson alongside with her husband, Shane, as they celebrated his birthday.

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The couple was joined by a few close friends as they entered the venue at approximately 6 p.m. on Thursday evening. They left around 7:45 p.m. after enjoying a few bites and cocktails.

PHOTO COURTESY OF AVA ROSE AGENCY

Bars at restaurants were allowed to reopen during Phase 2 under the following guidelines:

All of the same restrictions on restaurants and food establishments are continued in Phase 2, but bar areas in restaurants may reopen, and bars and taverns that DO NOT serve food may reopen under the same restrictions – 50% maximum capacity and strict social distancing. Patrons will NOT be allowed to walk up and order at the bars, but they may sit and be served at a bar top if appropriately distanced from one another – 6 feet apart. No congregating.

RELATED: Phase 2 Directive for Nevada explained

13 Action News submitted several follow-up questions to Jing about when the employees were diagnosed and what steps the restaurant has taken to help keep its patrons safe after the positive test results were received.

A spokesperson with the restaurant shared the following statement late Friday evening:

The safety of our guests and employees is top-priority at Jing Las Vegas. In light of a recent presumptive positive COVID-19 case at our restaurant, we are taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safest possible environment for our patrons. We are following the guidelines outlined by the Center For Disease Control, the Southern Nevada Health Department, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. We are working closely with Downtown Summerlin in their contact tracing efforts to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We require all guests and staff to have their temperature taken upon arrival, and occupants will be asked to leave if exhibiting any symptoms of illness. Frequent touch points are being sanitized on a regular basis, and a deep cleaning of the kitchen and dining areas is to be performed prior to re-opening each day. Social distancing is exercised throughout the restaurant with the removals of tables and bar stools to ensure a six (6) foot distance between patrons at all times. Our staff is being tested on a regular basis to ensure that guests will receive service from a healthy wait and kitchen staff.