COVID case causes closure for cleaning

Other closures, lockdowns follow

Leader staff

On November 23, an employee from the Slave Lake McDonald’s restaurant reported that they tested positive for COVID-19. The company announced on Nov. 24 that the restaurant was immediately shut down for a thorough cleaning and sanitization by a certified third party.
“We are working to ensure we reopen safely,” says the release, “as we know our guests depend on their local McDonald’s, and we are committed to doing our part to help our communities.”
Crew members who may have been in close contact with the employee have been asked to self-quarantine until further information is available. The employee worked his or her last shift on November 18 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
For any guests, who may have visited the restaurant on November 18, McDonald’s is urging them to take direction from the experts at Alberta Health Services by visiting their website at
“Maintaining the health and well-being of our crew and guests is our top priority,” the news release continues, “and we will continue to monitor and adapt measures, where necessary.”
McDonald’s did not say how long the shut-down would last, or if it was getting all its employees tested for COVID-19. On the other hand, people were saying online on the morning of Nov. 24 they had bought coffee there. Calls and emails to McDonalds seeking clarification had not been answered by press time.
Notably, another restaurant in Slave Lake announced a shutdown for sanitization purposes later that same day. “Out of an abundance of caution,” said the notice from owner Tyler Warman, Boston Pizza would be doing “a full and thorough cleaning.”
Vanderwell Heritage Place announced it was going into ‘lockdown’ also on Nov. 24, “for the safety of our residents.”
The Leader office got into the act as well; it’s business more or less as usual inside the office, but the door is locked for the time being.

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