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At least five Edmonton restaurants have closed temporarily in the course of the last few days after that staff and customers have been tested positive for COVID-19.
The number of active cases in the region of the capital has been steadily going up over the last 10 days, with the Edmonton area report of 236 cases, assets on Monday.
In the midst of this increase, the GRETA Bar Yeg, the Pint downtown on Street 109, MKT Fresh Food & Beer Market on Gateway Boulevard, the city centre of Earls Tin Palace, and phase 2 on the Gateway announced the temporary closure after the customers or staff have tested positive.
The GRETA president Chris Decock, said management became aware of a regular guest, who is friends with the staff, the positive test last Thursday. This has led to the decision to close the restaurant temporarily during the weekend. He said up to 60 members of staff are being tested with only one positive result so far.
“Our decision to pre-emption in the vicinity was a pretty important,” Decock said. “There’s a lot of fear around all of this. Our approach is one of clarity, of transparency. We (could) have another situation, two weeks from now, it could be a month from now. If we are still in doubt, even at a distance, in doubt, we will close, we are sure to be good and then re-open it.”