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Concerns over outbreak declared at Calgary restaurant

Last Updated Mar 25, 2021 at 11:59 am MDT

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CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Outbreaks in restaurants have not been common but a pretty substantial one has emerged from a well-known Calgary restaurant.

Postmedia reports that Joey Eau Claire has been linked to 31 cases of COVID-19, 18 of which are of the variant strains.

On Monday, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw pointed to cases spreading at some Alberta eateries.

“We have seen, for example, very rapid spread in some restaurants where individuals had the variant, were infectious, (and) went to multiple restaurants and spread the virus very quickly in multiple locations in one night.”

According to Alberta Health Services (AHS), there are two restaurants currently on the province’s outbreak list, both are in Calgary: Joey Eau Claire and Via Cibo on 14 St. S.W.

While AHS is still working with contact tracing, one Google reviewer claimed the restaurant was doing nothing to help inform staff or guests of exposure.

“My family visited this location on March 13 and got Covid,” the review states. “Turns out the employees at this location were having after-hour parties, with 26 employees testing positive!”

The restaurant is temporarily closed and a sign on the door said it could reopen as early as Thursday.