UPDATE: 5:23 p.m.
Mount Boucherie Winery and The Modest Butcher will also be closed to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The winery announced that a staff member had tested positive for COVID-19 and it will be closed until further notice. For now, the restaurant is planning to open Thursday, July 29.
”We’re sad to announce that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. However, honesty is the best policy, and we feel as though closing our doors until further notice ensures we are doing our part in curbing the spread throughout our staff and community,” said the winery in a Facebook post.
UPDATE: 2:00 p.m.
Two other Kelowna restaurants have announced closures in an effort to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in the downtown area.
BNA Brewing Co. & Eatery announced that staff will assess the situation in the next few days.
“What we’re trying to avoid is more people getting sick, more closure,” the restaurant wrote on social media.
“Hopefully next time we speak it’ll be positive news that this proactivity prevented that.”
BNA’s owners also assured recent patrons that they don’t have anything to worry about regarding their visit to the restaurant.
The Train Station Pub and Mid-Town Station Kitchen + Drink also announced they will be closed for the time being.
“In light of recent events involving the numerous reports of COVID-19 in Kelowna, we have elected to close today and likely for the next few days,” restaurant staff posted.
The pub added it will assess staff members’ health and go from there.
Three Kelowna restaurants are closing for the next few days as staff deal with COVID-19 exposures.
Central Kitchen + Bar posted on social media that the restaurant will be closed from July 26 to 30 after several staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
The owners said they wanted to be transparent with the community about the situation.
“We feel it our social responsibility to close for a short period of time to ensure we are doing our part in curbing the spread throughout our neighbourhood,” they said.
Rusty’s Sports Lounge announced it would be voluntarily closing following a COVID exposure. While Interior Health did not order the closure, the bar said it chose to close to curb further transmission.
“We advise anyone who has been at our establishment in the last couple of weeks to consider self-monitoring,” the bar wrote on its Facebook page.
Rusty’s said it will remain closed “until further notice.”
The Kelowna Yacht Club is also closing its members’ lounge following exposure, the club announced in a statement posted to its website on Sunday. The club does not give a date for the lounge’s reopening, only stating it will remain closed until further notice.
The exposures come after news of a COVID-19 cluster at Gotham nightclub over the weekend.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 12:30 p.m. to include information on the closures of Rusty’s and the Kelowna Yacht Club.