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Another workplace shuttered due to COVID-19 in Interior Health region

Fun 4 All Pet Resort in Vernon is the latest Interior business ordered closed due to COVID.
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May 12, 2021 - 2:01 PM

As the number of employees sent home to self-isolate because of COVID-19 in their workplaces grows, so does the number of family and other household members who have to cut off their outside lives.

There have now been seven workplaces in the Thompson and Okanagan regions of Interior Health that have been closed due to COVID cases.

“Living in a household with a person who has COVID-19 means you and all of the other people who live in that house are close contacts and need to self-isolate,” the B.C. Centre for Disease Control says on its website.

If a worker is only a close contact with someone who has COVID, others in the household do not have to self-isolate. It's only if the worker tests positive the rest of the household is required to stay home.

Fun 4 All Pet Resort in Vernon is the latest business posted on an Interior Health business closure website. The business was ordered closed yesterday, May 11, and is to remain closed until May 21.

It joins six other businesses in the Thompson and Okanagan regions that have been closed, although some have been removed from the web page because their self-isolation periods have ended and they’ve reopened.

No businesses in other parts of the Interior Health region have been ordered closed.

The closures are ordered by Interior Health if people with COVID test positive and have been in the workplace and may come about even if the business’ COVID safety plan is followed properly.

READ MORE: Kelowna business closed due to COVID followed safety plan to the letter

The workers who are ordered to self-isolate have rules to follow that may impact people they live with, even if they were just a close contact.

If possible, the workers are asked to stay in their own rooms for the entire isolation period, eat all their meals there and have separate bathrooms. If that’s not possible, they need to stay more than two metres away from others as much as possible and wear a three-layer face mask. Windows should be opened to increase airflow and everyone should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, as well as disinfecting high touch surfaces.

Learn more about the rules around when and how to self-isolate by going to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control website here.

Workplace closures can be viewed on this Interior Health web page.


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