VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — After three employees tested positive for COVID-19, the restaurant inside the landmark Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has been closed “out of an abundance of caution.”
Notch 8 Restaurant has been closed for “extensive deep cleaning by an external company,” according to an email from a hotel spokesperson Monday.
“All employees who were in close contact with these impacted individuals have been notified and are off-property. We can confirm that the impacted employees had no close contact with guests,” an email reads.
UPDATE: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver confirms Notch 8 Restaurant is temporarily closed because 3 workers tested positive for #COVID19.@FairmontVan rep says @VCHhealthcare has not added this location to region's public exposure list because the restaurant is deemed "low risk." https://t.co/x1qjrVtJEB
— Marcella Bernardo (@Bernardo1130) March 2, 2021
Vancouver Coastal Health has told the hotel that the “risk of transmission is low,” and that it will not be added to the public exposure list.
The restaurant anticipates being able to reopen in several days after being cleared by the health authority.
“We can confirm that the restaurant was following the hotel’s stringent ALLSAFE protocols, including physical distancing, all employees wearing face coverings, and increased frequency of cleaning with chemicals proven effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.”
Editor’s note: The restaurant reopened at 5:30 p.m. on March 4.