Zalas Restaurant in Revelstoke. (Facebook)

Zalas Restaurant in Revelstoke. (Facebook)

COVID exposure closes Revelstoke eatery

Zalas Restaurant says it’s temporarily closing for everyone’s health and safety

Zalas Restaurant has temporarily closed due to COVID-19 exposure.

The business made the announcement on Facebook Dec. 16. The post said the restaurant will reopen pending on test results and advice from Interior Health.

Earlier this month, Interior Health announced it would give weekly COVID-19 case counts per community every Wednesday. From Dec. 6 to Dec. 12, Revelstoke had one case of the illness.

The province recorded 640 new cases (91 in the Interior) on Dec. 16, with 24 deaths. There is a community cluster at Big White with 60 cases. An outbreak has been declared at a Teck mining operation near Elkford.

READ MORE: UPDATE: 1 death, 91 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health; Big White group households lend to cluster

Twenty-seven cases, spanning three sites, have been confirmed as of Dec. 16 at the mine. Of those cases, 10 reside in Interior Health, while other cases have been identified in Vancouver Island Health, Alberta, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

On Dec. 11, Interior Health announced Revelstoke’s COVID-19 community cluster contained. A total of 50 cases were linked to that event.

Prior to Nov. 1, there were only three confirmed COVID-19 cases in Revelstoke since January.

READ MORE: B.C. records 640 new COVID-19 cases, 24 deaths Wednesday

This week, public health officials administered 409 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to front-line health care workers in Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Health. Starting next week, B.C. will receive weekly vaccine deliveries for each health region, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a statement.

Black Press has reached out to Zalas Restaurant for more information on the COVID-19 exposure, including when it took place.

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