The Gregory closes temporarily due to COVID exposure

The 144-room hotel, The Watermark, is at 150 Third St. in downtown Baton Rouge. (File photo)

The Gregory, a restaurant at The Watermark Hotel downtown, is closed temporarily this week as a precaution after staff members were exposed to COVID-19. 

A hotel employee says staff members were asked to stay home for five days, with the intention of reopening by the weekend. 

As of this morning, Baton Rouge and Livingston offices of the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles were among those that remained closed due to precautions related to COVID-19, though the Gonzales location reopened Wednesday. 

Walmart temporarily closed almost 60 U.S. stores in COVID-19 hotspots in December to sanitize them against the virus, in a sign the new Omicron variant also is disrupting the retail industry, according to Reuters.

Last month, the CDC updated its guidelines for people who have been exposed to COVID-19. For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA vaccine dose (or more than two months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and not yet boosted, the CDC recommends a five-day quarantine followed by strict mask use for five more days. If a five-day quarantine is not feasible, the exposed person is asked to wear a well-fitting mask when around others for 10 days after exposure. 

People who have received their booster shot don’t need to quarantine following an exposure but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure, the CDC says. Best practice also includes getting tested on the fifth day after exposure.