Wel­land Beer Store em­ployee tests pos­i­tive for COVID-19

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - Local - KRIS DUBÉ THE WEL­LAND TRI­BUNE

The Beer Store on Thorold Road in Wel­land is closed un­til Wed­nes­day af­ter an em­ployee tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19.

“This em­ployee, who last worked in the store on April 15, is now at home in iso­la­tion, where we are all send­ing our best wishes and pos­i­tive thoughts for a speedy re­cov­ery,” Beer Store spokesper­son Bill Walker said Mon­day. The Wed­nes­day open­ing would mark 14 days since the af­fected em­ployee last worked.

A full COVID-19 pro­to­col has been im­ple­mented at the store, which will be sub­ject to a wall-to-wall dis­in­fec­tant clean­ing and fog­ging, said the state­ment.

Em­ploy­ees have been con­tacted and those af­fected are self-iso­lat­ing, said Walker.

The Beer Store is us­ing “un­prece­dented

new clean­ing and pub­lic dis­tanc­ing pro­to­cols” in all stores, among other mea­sures in­clud­ing us­ing greeters to help ar­riv­ing cus­tomers un­der­stand the new pro­to­cols, said Walker.

At about 11:30 a.m. Mon­day, a few peo­ple were turned away by a sign on the front door that said the store has been closed un­til fur­ther no­tice.

Walker said he could not com­ment on when the em­ployee tested pos­i­tive.

The lo­ca­tion closed Mon­day af­ter be­ing no­ti­fied Sun­day night, he said.

Ni­a­gara Re­gion Pub­lic Health com­mu­ni­ca­tions con­sul­tant Kerri Stoak­ley said Mon­day the tem­po­rary clo­sure was not or­dered by lo­cal of­fi­cials.

The Thorold Road out­let was open over the week­end un­til some time Sun­day.

It is one of two Beer Stores in Wel­land. The other is at 390 Lin­coln St.

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