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COVID-19: Saskatoon country bar patrons asked to self-isolate

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“There have been a few other cases that have popped up since then,” Caudle said. 

People who followed safety measures at the bar are asked only to self-monitor. If they develop symptoms of COVID-19, like a cough or fever, they’re asked to seek testing immediately through 811, a health practitioner or Saskatoon’s drive-thru site.

Caudle said the bar “has made every effort to not make this happen.”

He said staff are required to wear masks at all times, capacity has been reduced in line with government guidelines and hand sanitizer is available at the door. He added that staff actively try to prevent groups from forming at the bar, which is a popular hangout for university students on Thursday nights. 

“Bouncers tend to be more on the floor than at the door now,” Caudle said. 

He estimated around 300 guests attended the Longbranch throughout Oct. 8, which is below its capacity even with restrictions.

Caudle said the bar is now closed while it undergoes a deep cleaning and staff are tested for COVID-19.

When it reopens, capacity will be restricted even further, he added.

“In light of what we just went through and what happened, we’ll definitely be running less numbers.”

Medical Health officer Dr. Hortense Tabien issued a reminder that attending events while sick or failing to follow public health measures puts the community at greater risk for COVID-19.

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