If you've been hitting up these popular Edmonton restaurants over the past week or so, it's time to look for alternatives. Four Edmonton restaurants have temporarily closed their doors due to COVID-19 cases. Patrons who have recently visited these hot-spots are being told to get tested for COVID-19.
On Friday, June 19, GRETA Bar YEG announced on their Instagram page that they're shutting down for the time being. They said that a regular customer of theirs recently tested positive for COVID-19 and had been in the downtown bar as recently as Sunday, June 14.
The announcement reported that this patron had been sitting at a table with several staff members.
The post read that "out of an abundance of caution," they decided to close the doors of the Downtown location.
They also clarified that they're not getting shut down by the health authorities and they expect to welcome the public again on Sunday, June 11 at the latest.
No such reopening post has been made on their social media page as of Monday morning, June 22.
They advise all patrons who visited the bar on Sunday, June 14 to get tested.
The Pint on Jasper Avenue also said that they're closing for the time being, according to an Instagram post made on Sunday, June 21.
The post confirmed that two of their employees tested positive for COVID-19. None of these employees worked at the pub after Saturday, June 13.
This is also a voluntary closure and they're working with Alberta Health Services to work out when it'll be safe to reopen. They advise their followers to stay tuned.
Over in Old Strathcona, MKT Fresh Food and Beer Market also confirmed on Sunday that one of their team members has tested positive for COVID-19.
When asked in the comments section about when the employee worked last at the restaurant, MKT said they can't provide this information. This is to ensure the safety and confidentiality of their staff members, they said.
But "because the team member was wearing PPE, no guests are considered to have come in contact with the individual," they replied in the comments.
Finally, Earls' Tin Palace is another popular spot that has closed down until further notice.
A spokesperson told CTV News that an employee of theirs has recently tested positive for the disease.
He apparently began feeling unwell shortly after arriving for his shift. He was immediately sent home and therefore was not in contact with any of the guests, reported CTV.
Narcity has reached out to all the aforementioned restaurants for comment and we will update this article when we receive a response.
Meanwhile, if you're really itching to get food at a downtown pub, there are more than enough awesome restaurants in town to keep you fed and satisfied for the time being.