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Left Bank Restaurant closes its doors amid coronavirus concerns

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
The Left Bank in York City, Saturday, March 14, 2020. The restaurant and bar announced Friday that it will be closing for 12-24 weeks. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The Left Bank Restaurant & Bar in downtown York will close its doors for 12 to 24 weeks due to coronavirus concerns, the owners announced online Friday afternoon.

The news came as other bars and restaurants in downtown York City worried that the spread of the coronavirus would throttle their profits, especially since organizers canceled this weekend's St. Patrick's Day Parade. 

"What we've been seeing with the coronavirus is like nothing we've ever seen in our lifetime," said Left Bank co-owner Mandy Arnold in an emotional Facebook video. "I can't say we were ever prepared for something like this to occur."

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"We know if we don't do this now, we won't make it," Arnold added. 

The state on Friday announced there were 33 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Pennsylvania, six of which have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

In the past day, York City's St. Patrick's Day parade was cancelled, all schools across the state have been closed and municipalities have shut down government offices to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

There have been no confirmed cases in York County.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.