While B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has stated that food and beverage establishments remain safe when following health measures, regional health authorities have listed a few establishments where a case of COVID-19 had been present on the premises.
Health authorities list these incidents as potential exposure events as a precaution but deem them “low risk”. Exposure events are also listed when not every individual present can be contacted through contact tracing.
Vancouver Coastal Health added the Yaletown location of Cactus Club Cafe (357 Davie Street) in Vancouver to its list of potential public exposure events.
The potential exposures occurred during operating hours on January 24, from January 27 to 31, and on February 1.
At the Sutton Place Hotel in Downtown Vancouver, Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar (845 Burrard Street) was listed as having potential exposures from January 19 to January 23 during operating hours.
The restaurant announced that as one staff member tested positive it would voluntarily and temporarily close on February 1 for 14 days as a precaution. During this time period, the establishment is undergoing sanitization.
The restaurant stated that it will reopen on February 16.
Meanwhile, concerns continue about the case numbers in Whistler.
According to health authorities, the cases are primarily linked to individuals in the 20s and 30s who work, live, and socialize together, with only very few cases linked to outdoor activities on Whistler or Blackcomb mountains.
Several food and beverage establishments had previously been listed as having potential exposure events.
One of the most recent additions was Amsterdam Café Pub (4232 Village Stroll), which had potential exposures during operating hours from January 11 to 17; on January 19, 21, and 23; and from January 24 to 25.
In Victoria, Island Health listed a potential exposure event at the Bard and Banker pub (1022 Government Street) in Victoria, which took place from 6 to 10 p.m. on January 23.
In addition, over the past few weeks, seven McDonald’s locations across B.C. have been reported to have had staff members who tested positive.
Anyone who was at any of the above establishments during the specified times should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days from the date of visit. Anyone who develops symptoms should immediately self-isolate and contact 811 to find out about testing.
Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, loss of smell, and/or diarrhea.