Sounds like my brother...I was also surprised. I actually went on Yelp after a year and put it as permanently closed thinking it was gone for good.
I found the owners to be a little overly paranoid about the covid situation. They seemed to be waiting until Covid was completely gone before reopening which was bizarre. While everything else was reopening they were still living under a rock using covid as an excuse for not reopening.
I've noticed there are a few businesses here and there that *still* won't let customers into their store, even with a mask (several locations of the Common, a local coffee shop chain, and the Beguiling, a comic shop near Kensington, come to mind). What a joke.