Diners Who Went To A Vancouver Restaurant Last Week May Have Been Exposed To COVID-19
A worker has tested positive for the virus.
If you live in Vancouver and you always hit up downtown restaurants, you might want to think about which places you went to last week. On Monday, March 16, Vancouver Coastal Health notified the public that a worker at the Showcase Restaurant and Bar had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, people who have been to the downtown Vancouver restaurant recently are being alerted.
The staff member was working last week on March 10, March 11, and March 13, as confirmed by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) in their official advisory.
Their shifts were between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on those days. So you might have to recheck your calendar to see if you were there during that window of time.
Anyone who visited the establishment during those times might be at risk of possible exposure to the virus. Though, VCH's risk assessment found that the risk to those people is still considered "low."
According to VCH, the person who contracted the virus was only showing mild, non-respiratory symptoms at that time.
They are now recovering at home, and their case has been categorized as travel-related and connected to "other known cases" which have already been recorded by health authorities.
The business is located on West Hastings Street at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown. However, VCH doesn't think there is any risk to anyone who visited other parts of the hotel. The same goes for anyone who visited the eatery outside of the stated times.
Meanwhile, the Showcase Restaurant has announced on their Instagram page that they will be closed indefinitely. This shutdown is effective immediately.
Their post caption reads that they "will be closed until further notice for the well-being of guests, associates & community."
They add that their team has been "phenomenal during this challenging time" and that they could not do what they do without them.
After the province declared ato help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Bonnie Henry said, "Bars and clubs are not able to meet our requirements for social distancing, so they must close."
Establishments in Vancouver are to close down if they can't maintain aof one or two metres between everyone inside.
On Tuesday, March 17, Vancouver ordered the shutdown of downtownto prevent public celebrations.
Narcity has reached out to Showcase Restaurant and Bar for comment and we will update this story when we receive a response.