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South Okanagan winery temporarily closes due to COVID-19 concerns

JoieFarm Winery in Naramata has temporarily closed its tasting room out of an abundance of caution following recent cases of COVID-19 reported in the South Okanagan.
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July 20, 2020 - 11:04 AM

A South Okanagan winery has temporarily shut its doors as a precaution due to recent outbreaks of COVID-19 in the area.

JoieFarm Winery, located at 2525 Naramata Rd., said on its Facebook page Saturday, July 18, it has temporarily closed the tasting room, adding the "decision is purely precautionary."

The winery said none of its staff or guests have tested positive for the virus nor shown any signs of ill health.

"Until we receive clarity on the severity and scope of outbreaks in the region, we will remain closed for the safety of our community and staff, as well as for the best interest of those visiting the area (both present and future)," the winery said in a Facebook message sent to in response to a request for more information.

The closure of JoieFarm’s tasting room comes on the heels of Penticton's Poplar Grove Winery's announcement Friday, July 17, of it's temporary closure as a precautionary measure due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19.

This past weekend, West Kelowna's Quail's Gate winery announced Interior Health had advised someone who tested positive had visited the wine shop on July 7, while the Rustic Reel Brewing Company in Kelowna said multiple staff members had been to other establishments with confirmed COVID-19 cases and it decided to close its doors while their staff were tested for the virus.

As of Friday, there were 235 positive COVID-19 tests in the Interior Health region and 35 associated with the community exposure in Kelowna around Canada Day on July 1, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said in a media briefing July 17.

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