Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Saanich bank reopening after shutdown due to coronavirus scare


Coast Capital Savings bank in Broadmead Village Shopping Centre will be reopening on Saturday after a temporary shut down.

The Saanich bank has been closed since Tuesday evening out of an abundance of caution after authorities became aware of an individual who may have been exposed to novel coronavirus or COVID-19 in mid-February.

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According to spokesperson Sheira Hallam, the individual is not a Coast Capital employee and was associated with an adjacent location to the bank’s Broadmead Village branch.

Authorities confirmed that the individual was asked to stay at home until Friday, and as of this morning has been cleared of COVID-19 by health officials.

The bank says that upon learning about this possible infection, they contacted Island Public Health-Communicable Disease officials and were told there was no reason to close the branch, and that there was no risk to the public.

However the branch decided to shut down as a precautionary measure and launched a sanitization process to clean the office top to bottom.

“The safety of our employees and members is our top priority and a key factor in our decision- making,” says Hallam in a statement.

“Throughout this process, we have tried to balance taking appropriate action without creating undo anxiety or panic.”

Brishti Basu
Former Senior Staff Writer and Content Manager at Victoria Buzz.

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