If you see a business temporarily closed and wonder why, it may be because of a health order.
At a B.C. COVID-19 briefing on April 8, B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that when three or more people in a workplace have COVID-19 and transmission has most likely occurred in the workplace, the workplace may be ordered to close for a minimum of 10 days. (At complex sites, part of the workplace may be ordered to close.)
Henry also explained that B.C.’s five regional health authorities would begin to start listing these businesses on their websites, and the health authorities began doing so this week.
So far, Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health have listed businesses that have been closed. Interior, Island, and Northern Health haven't listed any business closures yet.
At a monthly modelling update yesterday, Henry had revealed data that showed that the highest numbers of cases from workplace clusters in Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health have been in industrial and manufacturing sites, gyms or fitness studios, food and drink establishments, and offices.
For today's B.C. COVID-19 update, see this article.
Vancouver Coastal Health
Today, Vancouver Coastal Health currently lists eight businesses that have been closed, which include six food and drink establishments and two beauty or wellness businesses:
Cactus Club Café
Address: 855 Main Street, West Vancouver
Old Spaghetti Factory Whistler
4154 Village Green, Whistler
Wish Dry Bar
1459 Bellvue Avenue, West Vancouver
Awesome Foot + Spa
947 Seymour Street, Vancouver
1252 Davie Street, Vancouver
1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
475 Howe Street, Vancouver
Thierry Mount Pleasant
265 East 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Meanwhile, Fraser Health has listed 29 businesses that have been closed from April 12 to 15.
Among them are:
- food and drink establishments and grocery stores: McDonalds (Surrey, Port Coquitlam), Cactus Club Café (Surrey), Keg Steakhouse and Bar (Coquitlam), Joey (Coquitlam), Greystone Super Valu (Burnaby);
- gyms: Club 16 Trevor Linden Fitness in Brentwood (Burnaby) and Abbotsford, Fitness World (Port Moody), 24 Hour Flex Fitness Club (Surrey);
- retail stores: H&M (Surrey), Footlocker (Surrey);
- home and hardware: Evergreen Kitchen Cabinets (Surrey), One Stop Kitchen Idea (Surrey), Midland Liquidators (Surrey), My House Design Build Team (Surrey), Western Canada Coatings (Port Coquitlam);
- plus several others, including Crescent Beach Marina (Surrey), Sasquatch Mountain Resort (Agassiz), Service B.C. (Maple Ridge), CDI College’s B.C. online office (Burnaby), Highline Mushrooms (Trademark Farm, Langley), and more.
For full details, see the Fraser Health website.