COVID-19 case confirmed at Metro Vancouver mall, notice to store owners says

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VANCOUVER – Another Metro Vancouver mall issued a warning after someone in one of its stores tested positive for COVID-19, according to a mall management advisory. The notice, which was sent to store owners and shared on social media on Monday, says someone at Vans in Richmond Center has been confirmed to have the disease. The notice did not specify whether it was an employee or a customer who had tested positive. He also didn’t say when the person was last in the store.

In an emailed statement to CTV News, Cadillac Fairview, which operates the mall, says Vans “acted quickly and responsibly by immediately contacting Vancouver Coastal Health and arranging a thorough clean-up of their store.”

VCH has yet to publish an exhibition notice for the store on its website.

“We have been in contact with Vans and Public Health and at this time no further action is required and the building can remain open for business,” the Cadillac Fairview email said.

“We strongly urge all customers to follow this example … in the event that a CF Richmond Center employee, contractor or guest is confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19.”

Other malls in Metro Vancouver have posted similar messages in recent weeks. Guildford city center in Surrey posted on Twitter last week confirming that a mall employee had tested positive for the virus.

And, earlier this month, Cadillac Fairview confirmed there were possible exposures to COVID-19 at Bell Mobility and Saje stores in downtown Vancouver Pacific Center. Days earlier, Metropolis in Metrotown said a member of staff at the Burnaby mall had also tested positive.

CTV News Vancouver has contacted Cadillac Fairview for more details on the date of the person’s last visit to the mall.

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