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Fraser Health warns of COVID-19 exposure at Abbotsford restaurant

The restaurant says 'a few staff members' have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
A popular seafood restaurant in the Fraser Valley has closed temporarily after staff members test positive for COVID-19. Photo: Bow & Stern/Facebook

Fraser Health has issued a COVID-19 possible public exposure notice for a popular seafood restaurant with two locations in the Fraser Valley.

The notice is for anyone who visited Bow & Stern at 2551 Montrose in Abbotsford at the following dates and times:

  • October 24 from 5-10 p.m.
  • October 25 from 3-10 p.m.
  • October 26 from 5:30-10:30 p.m.

The restaurant is currently closed temporarily, though Fraser Health has not instructed Bow & Stern to do so. 

Bow & Stern addressed the exposure notice on their social media pages, saying: "The health and safety of our staff and guests is our top priority, and in an effort to be completely transparent, we are sharing that a few staff members have tested positive for COVID-19."

The restaurant goes on to say management is working closely with Fraser Health, and are conducting thorough disinfection of the premises. Bow & Stern adds they intend to give time for affected staff to receive negative test results before returning to work at the seafood restaurant. 

The Chilliwack location of Bow & Stern remains open and is unaffected by the exposure notice for the original Abbotsford location.

Who does this notice apply to?

Fraser Health lists public exposures on their website in order to reach any people who may have potentially become infected who they could not contact privately.

"There is no known risk to anyone who attended any listed locations outside of the specified dates and times. If people remain healthy and do not develop symptoms, there is no need to self-isolate and people can continue with their usual daily activities," explains the health authority.

If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, please seek testing and then self-isolate, urges the health authority.

Last week, Fraser Health issued a public exposure warning for a Japanese restaurant in Surrey.