Manitoba

Winnipeg Liquor Mart closes for cleaning after employee tests positive for COVID-19

A staff member at Winnipeg's Garden City Liquor Mart has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting that store and another location to close for cleaning, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries said in a news release late Wednesday.

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries says infected employee was working Saturday at Garden City location

A Garden City Liquor Mart staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting that store and another location to close for cleaning, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries said in a news release late Wednesday. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

A Winnipeg Liquor Mart has been closed for deep cleaning after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, the Crown corporation responsible for alcohol sales said Wednesday.

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries said in a Wednesday press release it was notified earlier in the day by an employee at the Garden City Liquor Mart that their COVID-19 test results were positive.

The employee last worked at the store in northwest Winnipeg on Saturday. Liquor & Lotteries said it is reaching out to customers who were in the store.

The staff member is self-isolating and recovering at home, the release said.

Liquor & Lotteries said another Liquor Mart location, near the intersection of Main Street and Pritchard Avenue, was also closed for additional cleaning as a precautionary measure.

An employee at that location had been in contact with the Garden City staffer.

The Garden City Liquor Mart and a second store at Main Street and Pritchard Avenue were closed for a deep cleaning after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

A provincial public health order to close non-critical businesses, such as bars, hair salons, massage therapy offices and dine-in service at restaurants, went into effect Wednesday. Licensed liquor stores, cannabis shops and other businesses deemed to provide essential services are allowed to stay open.

The Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union said in a statement it wants more safety precautions for liquor store staff who continue to serve the public during the pandemic.

While some stores have recently installed Plexiglas screens and physical distancing markers on the floors, the union has been calling on the employer to set up better protection at all locations in the province.

MGEU also wants Liquor Marts to limit sales to credit and debit transactions only.

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With files from Austin Grabish

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