Jo Anne’s Place temporarily closes Lansdowne store in Peterborough after employee tests positive for COVID-19

McDonald's restaurant at 1045 Chemong Road North has also temporarily closed after positive employee test

Jo Anne's Place at 1260 Lansdowne Street in Peterborough has temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19 on October 21, 2020. The employee has not worked at or visited the store since October 15. This is not the case at the McDonald's restaurant at 1045 Chemong Road North in Peterborough, where an employee who also tested positive was working at the store on October 21 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Photo: Jo Anne's Place)
Jo Anne's Place at 1260 Lansdowne Street in Peterborough has temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19 on October 21, 2020. The employee has not worked at or visited the store since October 15. This is not the case at the McDonald's restaurant at 1045 Chemong Road North in Peterborough, where an employee who also tested positive was working at the store on October 21 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Photo: Jo Anne's Place)

A second business in Peterborough has now temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Jo Anne’s Place at 1260 Lansdowne Street in Peterborough found out on Wednesday evening (October 21) that one of its employees has tested positive.

“We immediately contacted Peterborough Public Health,” Jo Anne’s Place writes in an email on Thursday (October 22). “Public Health has stated that they do not have any concerns for the general public who have been shopping at the store, as this employee has not worked at or visited our store since Thursday October 15th.”

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The storefront at 1260 Lansdowne Street is closed and will be professionally cleaned and sanitized on Thursday. All Jo Anne’s Place employees have been notified and employees that may have come into close contact with the positive employee will self-quarantine.

Jo Anne’s Place’s other two locations, on Water Street in Peterborough and in Lindsay, remain open at this time.

The temporary closure of Jo Anne’s Place comes at the same time as the temporary closure of the McDonald’s restaurant at 1045 Chemong Road North in Peterborough after an employee there also tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the decision was made to immediately shut down the restaurant for a thorough cleaning and sanitization by a certified third party,” reads a statement from the company.

Unlike the situation at Jo Anne’s Place, the employee who tested positive at McDonald’s had worked a shift on Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All employees who may have been in contact with the employee who tested positive are in self-quarantine. The company is asking any customers who visited the restaurant on Wednesday to follow Public Health Ontario’s guidance at
publichealthontario.ca/en/diseases-and-conditions/infectious-diseases/respiratory-diseases/novel-coronavirus.

“We continue to work with local health authorities to support our people and our guests, and look forward to getting back to serving our community as soon as we can,” the company stated.

Over the past week, Peterborough Public Health has reported new cases of COVID-19 almost daily, including four new cases on Wednesday. It is unknown whether these two cases are included in those four cases.

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