Downtown Victoria cafe temporarily closed after employee tested positive for COVID-19 – Victoria News


A downtown Victoria cafe has temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, but owners say the risk to customers and other staff is low.

Shortly before 9 p.m. on Friday, September 25, the owners of Bear & Joey, a restaurant near the intersection of Cook and Fort streets, confirmed in a Facebook post that a staff member had tested positive for COVID- 19 and announced that the restaurant would be closed for a thorough cleaning.

To our valued customers,

Unfortunately, one of our staff tested positive for COVID-19. They are at home,…

Posted by Bear & Joey on Friday, September 25, 2020

The social media statement went on to explain that the employee worked Thursday, September 17 through Monday, September 21 but had not interacted with customers, had no symptoms at work and had followed all safety protocols, including including wearing a mask and good hand hygiene. .

The owners added that they have been in contact with the sick employee who is at home and “feels good”.

Although authorities did not advise the cafe to close after the incident, the doors to Bear & Joey will be temporarily closed as a precaution, the owners explained. The company will work with the BCHA to conduct a “comprehensive review of [the] restaurant ‘as well as disinfection and other precautionary measures before reopening.

“The BC Health Authority (BCHA) has assured us that the risk of transmission to staff and customers is’ extremely low”, “we read on Facebook.

According to the statement, Bear & Joey staff have adhered to all BCHA protocols, including physical distancing, deep cleaning, wearing a mask, and providing hand sanitizer. The owners also explained that if a customer were to be contacted about the positive case, the health authority would use the contact tracing data collected by the cafe.

A reopening date was not stated in the statement, but the owners said a date would be announced via the cafe’s social media.

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