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Rustic Reel Brewing temporarily closing due to possible exposures

COVID scare closes brewery

As cases of COVID-19 continue to sharply rise in the Interior, following multiple exposure events in Kelowna earlier this month, some downtown establishments are temporarily closing their doors or reducing their hours.

Saturday, Rustic Reel Brewing Co. announced it would be closing for a few days while staff members who may have been exposed to the virus get tested.

“Due to multiple staff members having been to establishments with confirmed COVID-19 cases, we’ve decided to close our doors while all of our staff get tested,” Rustic Reel posted to Facebook. “We take the health of our guests and staff very seriously.

“It’s heartbreaking to make this decision on a gorgeous sunny day. We can’t wait to reopen for you!”

The brewery plans to reopen on Wednesday, after staff members receive their test results back.

The Train Station Pub also took to Facebook Saturday to announce they are temporarily reducing their hours.

“Due to recent COVID reportings in Kelowna, you alongside our staff is our number one priority in terms of safety,” the pub wrote. “Therefore, we have made the decision to temporarily reduce our hours of operation to 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.”

The Train Station is also encouraging patrons to book a table in advance on their website.

On Friday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 35 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been linked to multiple exposure events in Kelowna earlier this month, and that number is expected to increase. Six of the cases are staff members at Kelowna General Hospital.

Naramata's Poplar Grove Winery has also temporarily shut down after one of their staff members tested positive for the virus.



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