Devil’s Isle restaurant exposed to Covid-19

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A fourth business has been exposed to Covid-19, it was revealed yesterday.

The Devil’s Isle restaurant was told a breakfast customer on Monday morning later tested positive for the coronavirus.

Now two members of staff at the Hamilton restaurant who had contact with the unnamed customer have been told to quarantine for 14 days.

Jason Berwick co-chief executive of Take Five, the parent company of Devil’s Isle, said: “We did a deep clean and sanitisation of all areas, including any cushion covers, which have been washed and bleached following the advice from the health department.”

Mr Berwick said the Burnaby Street restaurant shut at 4pm on Wednesday and cleaning went on through the night to allow reopening yesterday morning.

He added: “Most restaurants in town are busier for breakfast and lunch. Evenings are quiet, but we still had a loss of sales, without a doubt.

“But the safety of our staff and customers is priority for us.”

Devil’s Isle issued a statement to customers after it was contacted by the Department of Health as part of its contact-tracing programme.

Mr Berwick said that the business had stuck to strict Covid-19 health and safety regulations over the pandemic crisis.

Mr Berwick added: “Every business owner is dreading getting that call — nobody wants to be on the receiving end of a call like that. It’s worrying for our staff.

“We had a big staff meeting and tried to alleviate any concerns. We also recommended that any staff member should go and get tested if they feel that they should — not just those who were quarantined.

“It is our company’s policy to recommend any staff members who have returned to Bermuda after travelling overseas to self-quarantine for 14 days — we do not allow them in the workplace.

“It just gives everybody the reassurance that the incubation period is over.” The news came after charter boat Zara, the Beyond Fitness gym and The Terrace restaurant and bar, both Hamilton, were also exposed to Covid-19 after a tourist visited them and later tested positive for the coronavirus.

It is not known if the infected woman was the same person who visited Devil’s Isle.

There are about 20 members of staff at Devil’s Isle.

There were four members of staff in the kitchen and two in the separate deli when the infected customer visited, as well as the two staff who had direct contact.

The Ministry of Health said it would only name establishments publicly if it was critical to the safety of the public adding that all relevant businesses had been contacted.

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Published Aug 21, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated Aug 21, 2020 at 8:39 am)

Devil’s Isle restaurant exposed to Covid-19

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