Employee for Sliders Sports Grill at Cactus Yards tests positive for COVID-19

Cactus Yards
Adults participate in a kickball recreation program at Cactus Yards. (Courtesy Town of Gilbert) Courtesy Town of Gilbert

Adults participate in a kickball recreation program at Cactus Yards. (Courtesy Town of Gilbert) Courtesy Town of Gilbert

An employee at Sliders Sports Grill, the restaurant concessionaire at Gilbert’s Cactus Yards, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the restaurant’s parent company.

In a June 27 email to its mailing list, Reginald Davis, senior vice president at Craft Culinary Concepts, said the company was trying to reach people who visited the restaurant between June 14-23 so they could “make good decisions for themselves about any steps that they may wish to take to safeguard their own health.”

Davis further urged customers to monitor themselves over the next 14 days for symptoms of COVID-19 and to consult with their health care provider about taking any additional preventative measures.

Cactus Yards is a town-owned parks facility with eight baseball fields with replica stadium facades, a batting cage, indoor soccer field and a playground. It frequently hosts large youth baseball and softball events. Craft Culinary Concepts, a private company, runs the restaurant, which has two sites that sit in the middle of four fields each.

The email stated the company is taking aggressive measures to reduce the risk of infection, “including ensuring that our facility is properly cleaned and disinfected in accordance with the CDC’s guidelines for 'Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities.' "

Davis wrote that employees have been instructed to be even more attentive to their behavior to help reduce the risk of transmission.

In an email response to Community Impact Newspaper, Davis said Sliders will remain open, but staff affected have been sent home for 14 days.

“We will continue with our precautions, which exceed recommendations such as continuous cleaning/disinfecting and mandatory mask wearing by all staff,” Davis wrote in the email.

Sliders had announced June 26 on social media the implementation of three safety measures:

  • A face mask requirement when entering the restaurant, including while ordering and using the restrooms. Customers are to provide their own masks.

  • Spacing of dining room tables to promote social distancing with dining areas reserved for guests who are eating.

  • Building entrance limited to one marked entrance on the east side of each site. All other doors are for exit only.

The post indicated anyone who refused to comply would be asked to leave the restaurant and reported to the Cactus Yards and tournament manager for possible further action.
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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