A resort in Tofino has closed temporarily due to the novel coronavirus.
Tofino Resort and Marina has decided to close until next week after an undisclosed number of employees tested positive for COVID-19.
Christopher Fehr, general manager of Tofino Resort and Marina, told CHEK News in an e-mailed statement the resort will be closed until March 8 while the restaurant will be closed until March 12.
“There have been a number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community of Tofino, including our Tofino Resort + Marina staff,” the spokesperson said. “Affected staff members are currently in quarantine and isolation and are doing well and we wish them a speedy recovery.”
The resort has “vigorous” cleaning and sanitization protocols in place and the decision to close was done on a voluntary basis, according to Fehr.
“We have opted to voluntarily close the resort at this time, to further protect our staff, community, and guests whose health and wellbeing remain our first priority,” said Fehr. The resort continues to work closely with the Vancouver Island Health Authority.”
Island Health is currently conducting contact tracing and has determined that there is “no risk” to recent visitors or guests, said Fehr.
“We look forward to welcoming back overnight guests … and are accepting restaurant reservations from Friday, March 12.”