If you’ve recently bought a coffee in Brampton, self-isolation could be in the cards for you. It was confirmed on Sunday that an employee at a Brampton Tim Hortons/Petro Canada location has tested positive for novel coronavirus, and all customers and staff are being asked to stay at home. The Tim Hortons employee who tested positive for COVID-19 was at work between March 9 and March 20, 2020. The store in question is the 11980 Hurontario St. Tim Hortons/Petro Canada.
In a statement shared to Twitter on Sunday, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown urged anybody who has visited the location recently to consider self-isolating at home.
Brown explained, "The period of concern is from March 9th to 20th. I would ask anyone who went here for gas, coffee or supplies to self isolate for 14 days."
The Mayor also noted that Peel Public Health said that “transient exposure isn’t as significant of a risk,” but added, “caution is the key word and we all need to embrace an abundance of caution.”
The location has now been temporarily closed. Petro Canada confirmed that they would be “thoroughly” cleaning and sanitizing the premises before re-opening.
Additionally, they’re asking all staff to self-isolate for at least 14 days.
Responding to Mayor Brown’s tweet, Tim Hortons added, “Thank you, Mayor Brown, for sharing this news. We're thankful our team member who tested positive for COVID-19 is at home with minimal symptoms and we're supporting them during their recovery.”
Other team members are also self-isolating for 14 days, the company explained.
They added, “We will only reopen the location when it's safe for our team members to resume serving guests.”
@1980sniffles @priyankaaagiri @TimHortons We would ask any vendors and customers who may have visited the store bet… https://t.co/UcS7QhsgV7— Petro-Canada (@Petro-Canada)1584835354.0
Since the COVID-19 outbreak began in Canada, Tim Hortons has taken several precautions, including cancelling Roll Up The Rim cups.
On March 16, the company also confirmed that dine-in would no longer be offered at their restaurants, but drive-thru, delivery, and pick-up services would still be available.
However, the coffee chain was criticized by some Canadians last week when it was revealed that some staff sick days would go unpaid.
@patrickbrownont The health and safety of team members, guests and partners is our top priority. The site was immed… https://t.co/UOixuAkFHX— Tim Hortons (@Tim Hortons)1584897943.0
On Sunday, there were 413 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.
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