Several staff members at Abbotsford’s Bow & Stern location have tested positive for COVID-19, and the restaurant has temporarily closed.
The restaurant posted to their Instagram account Wednesday (Nov. 4) with the news, saying they want to be transparent and are voluntarily closing to thoroughly disinfect the building. They will wait for other employees’ testing results to come back before re-opening.
“We are working closely with Fraser Health Authorities, and have not been advised to close; however, felt it was best,” said the Instagram post. “Fraser Health believes the risk to guests was low, but is conducting contact tracing … They will be in contact with you if you have been exposed.”
The post said they have strict safety procedures that exceed the health authorities’ guidelines, and their location in Chilliwack is unaffected and remains open.
Fraser Health has added Bow & Stern to its list of public exposures, which notifies of locations and times of known exposures in the region when unable to reach or identify all individuals via contact tracing.
The exposures occurred on Oct. 24 from 5 to 10 p.m.; 3 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 25; and 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 26.
“If you have been in one of these locations at the times of possible exposure, it does not mean you will develop COVID-19,” reads the Fraser Health website.
“The possible exposures listed on this site are believed to be low risk but, out of an abundance of caution, Public Health asks anyone who may have visited any of the locations listed on the specified dates and times to monitor themselves for symptoms.”