Those who visited Gabby’s in Langley City on February 29 and March 14 may have been exposed to COVID-19, Fraser Health says. (Langley Advance Times files)

Gabby’s Country Cabaret visited by patron with confirmed case of COVID-19

Those in attendance on February 29 and March 14 may have been exposed to a coronavirus

Anyone who visited Gabby’s Country Cabaret on the nights of February 29 and March 14 may have been exposed to COVID-19, according to a letter issued to the Langley night club by Fraser Health Authority on Saturday.

Gabby’s took to social media on Monday night to share the letter sent to them by the health authority explaining that a patron with a confirmed case of COVID-19 may have potentially exposed others at the night club on the above dates between 10:30 p.m and 1 a.m.

“Unfortunately, we are needing to report that Gabby’s has been contacted by Fraser Health about… a customer of ours that has tested positive for COVID-19,” Brant Vanderhoek, operations manager wrote in a social media post.

Fraser Health said they were writing to inform Gabby’s “out of an abundance of caution” that if anyone was at the night club in Langley on February 29 or March 14 to monitor for symptoms of fever, cough or difficulty breathing until March 28, 14 days after the last exposure.

“Avoid crowded public spaces and places where you cannot easily separate yourself from others if they become ill,” the healthy authority added.

Anyone with symptoms is asked to isolate themselves from others and to call HealthLink BC at 811.

“This coronavirus is spread between people by droplets, which requires close contact with saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat of an infected person,” Fraser Health explained in the letter.

Vanderhoek invited anyone with questions to contact him at opsmgr@gabbyscabaret.com.

“While this is upsetting for us, please note that it did not spontaneously occur here at Gabby’s but brought in by a patron,” he said. “While we don’t put the blame on said patron, we want this to be an eye opener to people on how imperative it is at this moment to please stay home.”

For more information visit bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19.

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Unfortunately, we are needing to report that Gabby’s has been contacted by Fraser Health about a possible case of contact with a customer of ours that has tested positive for COVID-19. This person had been with us two times in the last month, the first being February 29, and then again on our last night of operation on March 14. While this is upsetting for us, please note that it did not spontaneously occur here at Gabby’s but brought in by a patron. Unfortunately, this patron had been sick for weeks prior to this and believed the symptoms were from something else, having started before this coronavirus really started gaining traction. While we don’t put the blame on said patron, we want this to be an eye opener to people on how imperative it is at this moment to PLEASE stay home. Two weeks ago, when it started becoming more apparent that this was something that would possibly affect us as a business that deals with the public, we went through every extra precaution we could under the government regulations to try and make our place safe, healthy and sanitary for our customers to come. We don’t believe the awareness of how big this would get was quite there yet. After the weekend, we had made the call internally that we would not be opening the following weekend, and announced publicly on Monday before the government had made the order for bars & clubs that we would be closing until necessary. We love our customers so dearly, and your health and safety is so greatly important to us. Please use this time to be kind to one another as we all weather this storm together. Please if anybody feels the need to reach out with any questions, you can get a hold of me at opsmgr@gabbyscabaret.com. If any of your questions pertain to symptoms or anything like that contact 8-1-1. Brant Vanderhoek Operations Manager Gabby’s Country Cabaret

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