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Emerald City closed for contact tracing

Emerald City closed for contact tracing
Emerald City Supermarket (FILE)

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Add Emerald City Supermarket at Six Roads, St Philip, to the growing list of businesses closed as public health authorities mount a massive contact tracing exercise to determine how many people contracted COVID-19 during a Boxing Day bus crawl.

On Saturday morning, management announced the supermarket would not be open because eight members of staff attended the bus crawl that has now been identified as a super spreader.

As a result, they are being tested at the assigned polyclinic, and “out of an abundance of caution, we have called in a medical team to test other members of our Emerald City staff who could have been in contact with those persons”, a public notice said.

To date, some of the other businesses affected include Red Door Lounge and West Bar Barbados in Holetown, St James; One Eleven East at Speightstown, St Peter; and Café Sol in St Lawrence, Christ Church.

On Friday night during an address to the nation, it was announced that at least 45 people from the bus crawl – the majority of whom are staffers at Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds – had so far tested positive for the virus. (PR/SAT)