(Bear & Joey Cafe)

A relatively new but popular cafe in downtown Victoria has temporarily closed after an employee informed managers they’d tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement posted to Facebook, Bear & Joey confirmed one of their employees tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“They are at home, feeling well, and we are in regular contact with them to make sure that they are ok,” the Facebook post read.

The employee, who works at the location located at 1025 Cook Street, was last on-site Thursday, September 17th through Monday September 21st.

“We have been assured by the BC Health Authority (BCHA) that the chance of transmission to staff and customers is “extremely low”. This is because of our strict adherence to all protocols issued by BCHA including physical distancing, stringent cleaning, mask-wearing and providing hand sanitizer.”

According to the cafe, the staff member did not interact with any customers, had no symptoms while at work, wore a mask, and practiced stringent hand hygiene at all times.

“While BCHA have NOT advised us to close, we have decided to be extremely precautionary and close Bear and Joey temporarily while we work with BCHA to commence a robust review of our restaurant.”

The Sydney, Australia inspired cafe said they will be “undertaking some deep cleaning and making sure every precaution is taken to safely welcome you back.”

No reopening date has been announced but updates will be provided on their Facebook page.

“We thank you so much for the wonderful support that you have provided to us since we opened, we look forward to seeing you all again soon,” reads the eatery’s social media post.

B.C. reported 98 new COVID-19 cases today, including one on Vancouver Island as well as one death in the province.

The one case on Vancouver Island today was the first reported in a span of four days; there are currently seven active cases on the island.

To our valued customers,One of our staff members has unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19. They are at home,…

Posted by Bear & Joey on Friday, September 25, 2020

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