Three Businesses In Belmont Closed For “Deep Cleaning” After Ivanka Trump Visit

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Three businesses in Belmont are closed Friday for a “deep cleaning” after Ivanka Trump visited them Thursday while she was campaigning for the President. The President and First Lady have both tested positive for COVID-19.

Holy Angels in Belmont posted on Facebook that Cherubs Cafe, Cotton Candy Factory and Bliss Gallery will be closed Friday.  Their post says:

Cherubs Café, Cotton Candy Factory and Bliss Gallery will be closed today.

Along with the rest of the world, we have learned this morning that the President and the First Lady have contracted COVID-19. Yesterday, Ivanka Trump visited three of Holy Angels retail establishments in downtown Belmont, N.C. We were pleased to learn from the White House that Ivanka’s COVID-19 test this morning was negative, along with her husband Jared Kushner.

As a precaution, we will be performing a deep cleaning of Cherubs Café, Cotton Candy Factory and Bliss Gallery today. While our protocols have always exceeded the CDC Guidelines, we want to ensure the safety of our employees and customers.

Please know that it is not required for us to close and conduct this deep cleaning. However, at Holy Angels, we take these things seriously. When we reopen on Saturday, rest assured that we have done our very best to protect our loyal customers and our dedicated employees.

Our Spruced Goose Station fresh eats & treats, located in McAdenville, will be open today until 3:00 p.m., as usual.

We look forward to serving you on Saturday!

Cherubs Café, Cotton Candy Factory and Bliss Gallery will be closed today.Along with the rest of the world, we have…

Posted by Holy Angels Belmont, NC on Friday, October 2, 2020

The Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services released the following statement:

We understand there is a lot of public interest and concern about Ivanka Trump’s recent visit to Gaston County and local events with her in attendance, in light of President Trump’s recent announcement regarding his COVID-19 test results.

At this point, we have no information that someone at the event(s) in question was positive. Because of the public interest and potential for local impact we have reached out to our partners at North Carolina DHHS and have a plan in place to facilitate timely response in the event we learn otherwise.

Original Story (Posted October 1, 2020):

BELMONT, N.C. — Ivanka Trump made her way to the Charlotte-area Thursday to surprise some local businesses before participating in a question and answer segment as she continues to campaign for President Trump in the battleground state.

While Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s daughter and Advisor to the President, made a stop in the Tar Heel State she surprised three businesses in Belmont owned by Holy Angels which is an organization that provides opportunities for those with disabilities.

The three local businesses that she ventured into were Cherub’s Cafe, Cotton Candy Factory and Bliss Gallery. During each visit she took time to met with employees and learned more about their business operations.

After visiting the Belmont-based businesses she went and visited The Barn at Sandcastle farm, located in Dallas, for a moderated question and answer segment with Mercedes Schlapp, a former White House Director of Strategic Communication in the Trump Administration, as well as other local supporters.

During the discussion she talked about the President’s accomplishments including prioritizing affordable childcare, cutting taxes, school choice and highlighted the need to elect Donald Trump for four more years, according to a news release.

This is Ivanka Trump’s third reported visit to North Carolina within a little more than a month. The Gaston County visit comes only 14 days before early voting officially starts in the state and 33 days ahead of the November presidential election.