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More than 200 patrons at Oakville restaurant possibly exposed to COVID-19 variant

Oliver's Steakhouse in Oakville on Lakeshore Road East. Facebook

Halton Region Public Health has issued a COVID-19 variant of concern warning for anyone who attended a restaurant in Oakville, Ont.

In a statement on Friday, Public Health said patrons who went to Oliver’s Steakhouse restaurant on Lakeshore Road East, west of Trafalgar Road, between March 8 and March 13 may have been exposed to a COVID-19 variant of concern.

Halton Region Public Health also said it is aware of five confirmed cases among staff linked to the outbreak.

The variant of concern is the B.1.1.7 mutation, first detected in the U.K., a spokesperson for Halton Region told Global News Saturday afternoon.

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The spokesperson also said the local public health unit has received the list of individuals who made reservations but it is not a complete list of every patron who dined at the restaurant.

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“Public Health staff are beginning to call these individuals today in order to identify all those who dined at the restaurant during those dates,” the statement said.

It is estimated that more than 200 patrons could have been exposed, the spokesperson said.

Officials asked anyone who went to the restaurant during the noted time period to isolate for 14 days from the time of their visit and to get a COVID-19 test.

“While Public Health is attempting to call these patrons, this effort may take some time,” the statement said.

“Patrons can call 311 for more information.”

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