Penticton 7-Eleven location closes out of caution after employee tests positive

COVID closes 7-Eleven

A case of COVID-19 has a 7-Eleven store at 2903 Skaha Lake Road in Penticton shutting its doors for over a week, after one of its employees tested positive on Jan. 13, 2021. Google currently lists the location as temporarily closed.

Residents in Penticton posted to Facebook noting seeing gas pumps taped off along with store locked and closed since Thursday.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking all of our store staff to self-isolate at home with pay. We have contacted Interior Health and have temporarily closed the store to thoroughly clean and sanitize. We plan to re-open the store on or before Jan. 23, 2021," a statement from 7-Eleven Canada said.

The statement continued to outline their safety plan.

"As a neighbourhood store and convenient delivery provider in so many communities, 7-Eleven Canada has taken steps to prioritize the health of our customers and employees across our 633 stores in Canada. We have enhanced our standards and procedures for hygiene, hand washing, sanitation, food handling and preparation in stores, and increased the frequency of cleaning high-touch surfaces," it reads.

"We have installed sneeze guards at sales counters and visual floor markers in checkout lines to reinforce social distancing, as well as, limited customer traffic in stores. Face coverings are required. Contactless pickup and delivery options are available."

Interior Health responded with a statement, outlining they don't address individual cases.

"Interior Health does not provide specific details about individual cases – including locations – unless there are broader exposure risks," it reads.

"If there is a broader risk to other individuals or the community, Interior Health will issue a public notification. If our MHOs deem it necessary to issue a public notice, the exposures are listed here.

"A public exposure is listed on this page when a public health investigation indicates that contact tracing has not been able to reach people who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Anyone at risk of exposure to any case will be contacted directly by IH public health contact tracers."

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