Garden City Square Liquor Mart is currently closed for deep cleaning after Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries reports that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19 there.
On Wednesday, the state-owned company announced that it had been informed that an employee had been tested for the virus and that the initial results of the test were positive. Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries said the employee last worked at the store on Saturday, March 28, 2020 and is currently in solitary confinement at home.
MBLL stated that anyone who has visited the Garden City Liquor Mart store recently and believes they have symptoms of COVID-19 should self isolate and contact Health Links at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 for more advice on the need for testing.
“The Garden City Liquor Mart is currently closed for deep and thorough disinfection, in addition to the cleaning protocols already in place due to the COVID-19 epidemic,” said a Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries statement.
The state-owned company said it is also closing the Main & Pritchard site as a precaution. MBLL said the site was being cleaned up because an employee had been in contact with the alleged positive.
LE MGEU ASKS FOR ADDITIONAL PROTECTION
In a written statement, the Government of Manitoba and the Union of General Employees stated that additional security measures should be put in place at Liquor Marts.
“The MGEU called on the employer to immediately install plexiglass screens in all parts of the province,” said the union.
“We know that some places have recently installed plexiglass screens and social distance markers have been placed on the floor – but all of our stores must be equipped with these social distance and safety measures immediately. “
MBLL said installation of Plexiglas shields at the point of sale in all liquor stores is underway.
The union also called on the province to stop accepting cash at liquor stores, restricting transactions to credit and debit cards only.
“Other provinces have taken steps to ensure that these steps are in place; now is the time for Manitoba to do the same, “said the union.