Vancouver Coastal Health has expanded the existing COVID-19 public exposure alert for a Yaletown restaurant to include one additional dates.
On Wednesday, the health authority initially added Banter Room to its list public exposures, warning those who visited Banter Room from Aug 20-22 that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. On Friday evening, VCH updated the alert to include Aug. 23 and 24, as well.
Now, the health authority is adding an additional date to the list of possible
If you visited the eatery during the times of possible exposure, it does not mean you will develop COVID-19. The possible exposures are believed to be low risk but, out of an abundance of caution, Public Health asks anyone who may have visited the location listed on the specified dates and times to monitor themselves for symptoms:
Potential exposure date(s): August 20 to August 25
Potential exposure time: During operating hours
Anyone who visited the restaurant, located at 1039 Mainland St., during its opening hours on any of the four specified dates is asked to monitor themselves for symptoms.
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. The symptoms of COVID-19 may include fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, loss of smell and/or diarrhea.
On its website, Banter Room writes that "Drinks and conversation are the core of the atmosphere, and communal food is the highlight. Everything is meant to be shared among friends, with phenomenal signature dishes that keep people coming back. The fare, like the space, is designed to bring people together."
If you have been identified as a COVID-19 case or close contact, please know that VCH Public Health will contact you directly and provide further instruction.
If you have no symptoms, testing is not recommended because it is not accurate or useful. If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, please seek testing and immediately self-isolate. Please call ahead and wear a mask when seeking testing.
COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets when a person who is sick coughs or sneezes. It can also be spread when a healthy person touches an object or surface (e.g. a doorknob or a table) with the virus on it, and then touches their mouth, nose or eyes before washing their hands. Most people who get COVID-19 have only mild disease, but a few people can get very sick and may need to go to hospital. The symptoms of COVID-19 may include fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, loss of smell and/or diarrhea.