Bainbridge bakery closes due to workers in self quarantine

Pane d’Amore Artisan Bakery announced Saturday it was closing its three stores amid concerns over the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington state.

Pane d’Amore has bakeries on Bainbridge Island, Sequim and Port Townsend. The locations, usually open seven days a week, are being shuttered because of a lack of employees, Linda Yakush, co-founder and owner of Pane d’Amore, said in an announcement on the company’s website.

“With great sadness and confusion we are temporarily closing the bakery due to coronavirus concerns,” Yakush said.

“Our self-quarantine measures make it impossible for us to meet production safely,” her announcement added.

“The financial impact of this decision on our employees and the business cannot be overstated but we all must put health and safety first. Thanks to swift action by Washington’s government our employees will be able to access unemployment benefits while out of work,” Yakush added.

Company officials said the bakery will monitor the COVID-19 outbreak on a daily basis.