COVID-19 cases prompt Steinbach businesses to shut down

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WINNIPEG – A recent spike in COVID-19 cases is forcing some businesses in Steinbach with infected staff to shut down and others to shut down preventively. Steinbach Credit Union closed a branch for a deep clean after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

“Right now we have cleaning crews working to clean up the branch,” a bank statement read. “The Steinbach branch will be ready for operation on Tuesday morning. ”

The credit union is just the latest in a series of business closures due to COVID-19.

A Canadian Tire is closed in Steinbach for “cleaning,” according to a sign on the store door.

A company spokesperson has not confirmed a COVID-19 case but said the store will close for cleaning if there is a case.

“If an employee at any of our stores has been exposed or tested positive for COVID-19, we are helping the employee follow public health recommendations,” the spokesperson said. “The store would close and undergo a thorough cleaning and disinfection, in addition to the current improved cleaning measures, to ensure the continued safety of our employees and customers. ”

A Smitty was the first of several businesses to close in the city over the long weekend.

A part-time server has tested positive for the virus. Smitty’s spokesperson said she was asymptomatic at the time.

All staff are tested and the restaurant will remain closed for disinfection.

A Boston pizza in Steinbach has also closed because of a staff member with COVID-19.

According to the chain’s website, the restaurant is closed until August 7.

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The closures and cases are pushing the city administration to determine whether additional sanitation measures need to be put in place.

“We will turn to [Manitoba Health] to see if there are any policy changes we need to make, or what we need to do, what’s our next step, ”said Earl Funk, the mayor of Steinbach. I’ve had a few conversations with our MP already, and he told me our best solution is to contact Manitoba Health and talk to them. ”

On Saturday, the province announced 18 new cases of COVID-19 in the province.

A spokesperson for the province told CTV News that more information will be available if public health officials believe there is a risk to public health.

CLOSURE FOR SAFETY

The risk to health may be low, but some restaurants are closing just to be safe, a move Funk calls responsible.

On Sunday, Bigg Smoak BBQ announced it was closing on great caution.

The decision to close comes after the owner noticed that many repeat customers who frequented the closed Smitty’s were coming for Sunday brunch.

The restaurant closes for four to five days while the staff are tested.

The owners point out that no one at the restaurant has tested positive for the virus.

Golden Fried Burgers and Fries has also decided to close its doors amid the growing number of checkouts.

“Hey there, since we have a few cases of COVID in our area, we feel it is our responsibility to take precautionary measures and shut down for a while,” the restaurant’s Facebook page read.

The province is expected to release more information on the COVID-19 cases announced on Tuesday over the long weekend.

-With files from Mike Arsenault of CTV

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