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Over the weekend, several businesses in Brandon decided to close their doors, or significantly reduce their services, due to concerns about COVID-19 cases popping up among their staff.
On Saturday, Shoppers Drug Mart staff barred the public from entering their Victoria Avenue East location, only providing curbside pickup for customers who needed to obtain their prescriptions.
A sign taped to the store’s front entrance window stated that the building was "temporarily closed until further noticed due to potential COVID."
However, a Shoppers Drug Mart representative told the Sun on Sunday afternoon that they will be allowing the public to re-enter the store for limited hours on Monday before returning to their regular hours on Tuesday.
Elsewhere, McDonald’s Canada decided to immediately shut down their Victoria Avenue location in Brandon on Saturday after an employee came forward saying they are presumed positive for COVID-19.
According to a Sunday morning news release from McDonald’s Canada, the company is in the middle of cleaning and sanitizing the store so that it reopens as quickly as possible.
All crew members who may have been in close contact with the employee have been asked to self-quarantine until more information is available.
The employee in question worked their last shift this past Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For any guests who visited the restaurant on during this time, McDonald’s Canada advises they consult with the official Manitoba Government website gov.mb.ca/covid19.
As of Sunday afternoon, this McDonald’s was still providing drive-thru service, although their dine-in area was closed.
The owners of Marino’s Pizza announced via Facebook that they also decided to stop serving customers for the foreseeable future.
"It has come to our attention that a member of our staff was potentially exposed to an individual who has since tested positive with COVID-19," a spokesperson wrote on Facebook Sunday afternoon. "While our team member has not tested positive, we feel the ongoing health and safety of our staff and their families, and indeed the wider community, is of utmost importance.
"We regret we are unable to serve you at this time, but after thoughtful consideration of the health and welfare of our guests, our team and our community, we know this difficult but necessary decision is the best we can make at this time."
All of these closures come during a time when COVID-19 cases spiked in Manitoba and especially Brandon.
Throughout last week, cases began emerging in local businesses like Walmart, the Tim Hortons located on Highway 1 and especially the Maple Leaf Foods pork processing plant.
On Sunday alone, the Prairie Mountain Health region tallied 20 new cases, with seven of those cases being tied to a single business in the Wheat City. However, Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer, would not name the specific business in question.
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Updated on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 11:16 AM CDT: Marino's Pizza was not offering curbside pickup and delivery service on Sunday afternoon. The owners have temporarily suspended any food preparation out of an abundance of caution. Also, the restaurant's dining room has not been open to customers during the pandemic. Incorrect information appeared in an earlier version of this story, and has since been corrected.