Two employees at Ripley's Aquarium test positive for coronavirus

Sep 29 2020, 7:41 am

Toronto’s Ripley’s Aquarium has reported two positive COVID-19 cases amongst staff.

According to a statement from the Aquarium, the two isolated cases involved employees who worked in different areas of the aquarium operations and both team members are part-time employees.

The first case was reported on September 22, while the second case was reported on September 28.

“In both instances, we immediately contacted Toronto Public Health and followed their instructions taking all necessary precautions,” said the Aquarium in the statement to Daily Hive.

“As per Toronto Public Health, we completed a deep clean of affected areas and notified all team members who may have been in close contact with the individuals who are COVID-positive.”

The downtown attraction said it kept the retail store closed for 6 days following the first case, and added that both cases are “considered low risk transmission.”

“These are the first two cases the Aquarium has had since reopening to the public in June,” they said.

“Since reopening, the Aquarium has decreased regular guest capacity to under 15%, eliminated onsite shows, closed the playground, enhanced cleaning in all areas, provided additional sanitizer throughout the aquarium and enforced mandatory masks for both team members and guests.”

They add that they are in constant contact with the employees to ensure their safe recovery, and provide support they require.

On Monday, Premier Doug Ford said Ontario is in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Government of Ontario reported 700 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, with Toronto reporting the most across the region.

Monday has the highest new daily case numbers to date. Locally, there were 344 new cases in Toronto.

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