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Multiple Okanagan businesses close temporarily due to potential COVID-19 exposures

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August 06, 2021 - 2:00 PM

Multiple Okanagan businesses have decided to temporarily close for the weekend due to potential COVID-19 exposures.

The Starbucks location in Lake Country, located 11850 Oceola Rd, decided to close until Monday since an employee tested positive for the disease.

"Our main priority continues to be the health and safety of all our partners and customers, which is why we quickly activated our protocols, immediately closing and cleaning the store. Partners who may have been in close contact have been asked to self-isolate. Out of an abundance of caution, this store is temporarily closed and is scheduled to re-open Monday Aug. 9," said Leanna Rizzi, communications manager with Starbucks Coffee Canada, via email.

Oyama's Pane Vino Pizzeria also announced Aug. 4, it will remain closed until further notice since an employee tested positive for COVID-19 and also came into contact with another staff member.

"At this point in time, we have been directed by Interior Health to let them do any necessary contact tracing for those individuals who may have been exposed. As always, if you develop any symptoms listed by Interior Health, please follow their guidelines and get tested if needed," according to a statement from Pane Vino's Facebook page.

Vernon's Boston Pizza location has also decided to remain closed for the weekend since a COVID-19 case was confirmed at its location.

Yesterday, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the surge in COVID-19 cases in the province, with the highest numbers being reported in the Central Okanagan, is fuelled by those between the ages of 20 and 40 who are unvaccinated or have only had one dose.

READ MORE: Most B.C. COVID cases are in 20- to 40-year-olds with one or fewer doses: top doctor

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