Calgary’s Italian Centre Shop closes temporarily after staff test positive for COVID-19

The Calgary Italian Centre Shop pictured on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Global News

The Italian Centre Shop in Willow Park has closed temporarily after a number of staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

A statement from owner Teresa Spinelli on the store’s website says the shop will be closed from Tuesday, Nov. 3 to 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 6.

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“On Thursday, October 29 we were informed a team member tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19; that team member’s last day worked was October 27 and as a precaution, we asked staff who may have been in contact with this team member to self-isolate and be tested,” Spinelli said.

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“In the past 48 hours, we have been informed of three additional positive COVID-19 cases within our Calgary team.

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“All three individuals are self-isolating at home and on the road to recovery.”

Spinelli said they weren’t asked to close their doors by Alberta Health Services, but made the decision as a commitment to keep “staff, customers and the community safe.”

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“We have made this tough decision to conduct a thorough deep cleaning and sanitization of the entire store while our employees are encouraged to get tested.”

In closing, Spinelli said the incident has “acted as a reminder for myself, my family and team members that COVID-19 continues to be very present in our lives and community every single day.”

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