Popular Vancouver restaurant re-opens after closure due to norovirus

Craft Beer Market in Vancouver. Google Maps

UPDATE: The Craft Beer Market at the Olympic Village re-opened at 11 a.m. Thursday morning after being closed Wednesday afternoon due to norovirus.

“CRAFT Beer Market has worked diligently with VCH to ensure all necessary steps have been made to ensure our guest safety and at 11 a.m. this morning we were cleared by Vancouver Coastal Health to re-open the restaurant, says Scott Frank, Owner and operator. “CRAFT’s focus throughout this process has been the health and safety of our guests and staff. Under the direction of VCH we will open our doors to the public at 11 a.m. today.”

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VANCOUVER – Norovirus has caused the popular Vancouver restaurant, Craft Beer Market, to temporarily close.

Vancouver Coastal Health says inspectors were called to the restaurant in the Olympic Village earlier in the week after receiving reports six patrons had fallen ill. They ordered the closure today.

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The cause of the illness was employees who were ill and went to work.

The restaurant says they are now sanitizing and will re-open when it is safe to do so, which may be in a few days.

On their Facebook page Craft Beer Market posted:

We take the health and safety of our guests and team members very seriously. A couple of our team members haven’t been feeling well and as a precautionary measure we have closed the restaurant as we work with Coastal Health to identify and rectify any areas of concern. Please note that no causes have been identified at this time. We will keep you posted as the day goes on. Thank you for you understanding and patience.

However, Vancouver Coastal Health confirmed the cause to Global News as norovirus. They would like to remind food handlers to not report to work if they are feeling ill.

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