A local Toronto bakery has decided to temporarily close its doors after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
The Night Baker, located at 825 College Street, shared news of the positive case on September 28 and has decided to close up shop until next month, despite the City allowing them to stay open.
“We have the unfortunate news that one of our staff has tested positive for COVID-19 from transmission that was traced outside of the workplace. She last worked at our bakery on Sunday September 20,” said The Night Baker in a statement.
“Although we have been advised by Toronto Public Health that we can remain open because we follow strict health and safety protocols, we have decided to close our store until at least October 4, 2020.”
The bakery explains that the staff member was not in the bakery at the time and because of their safety measures, none of their other staff or customers are required to be contacted further by Toronto Public Health for contact tracing.
Despite employees not showing symptoms of the virus, they have been advised to self-isolate and get tested as a precaution.
This bakery joins the list of other establishments, including a number of restaurants and bars, that have had to close down in the City, either temporarily or for good, as a result of the virus.
Gusto 101, is one of the most recent locations that have also had to temporarily close after an employee tested positive.
In addition, three King Street restaurants have been dealt stricter measures after being served with public health violations. King Taps, MARBL, and Casa Mezcal were all ordered to shut down after violating COVID-19 safety for all.
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“We will be doing a deep cleaning of our store. We have also contacted all of our cookie orders via email to provide options for refunds or rescheduling of deliveries/shipping,” said The Night Baker.
“This is very unfortunate news for us and while temporarily closing our store is not ideal given the hardships small businesses already experience during COVID-19, we have decided to be transparent and take action in the best interest of public health and safety.”