On Monday, May 3, 2021, both Pan Chancho Bakery & Cafe and their sister restaurant Chez Piggy closed voluntarily after a staff member at the bakery tested positive for COVID-19.
“Last evening we received word that one of our overnight staff received a positive COVID-19 test,” read a post on the Pan Chancho Facebook page on Monday morning. “This staff member had minimal contact with other staff and has had no contact with our customers. In the best interest of our staff + our community, and out of an abundance of caution, we will be closed Monday, May 3rd pending further instructions from KFL&A public health.”
Chez Piggy also voluntarily closed, as the two eateries are under the same ownership. Monday morning’s Facebook post on the Chez Piggy page echoed Pan Chancho, and included a statement saying the Pan Chancho staff member had no direct contact with Chez Piggy.
On Tuesday evening, Zoe Yanovsky, owner of the two locations, shared her heartfelt thanks to, not only her restaurant community, but also to the Public Health team who have been working tirelessly day in and day out to trace these cases, and keep our region safe.
“My absolute worst fear: a covid positive case within my work family, with the potential for spread,” Yanovsky shared on Facebook. “The last 3 days have been a whirlwind of action, and I want to share that, from my experience, the system is working. It helped us that we already have strict and unwavering protocols in place. It helped us to have a dedicated and vigilant staff who have taken the protocols seriously in their personal lives as well as at work. It helped us that we are empowered to stay home from work when we feel unwell, and to get tested right away.”
“The KFL&A IPAC team who worked with me all day were absolutely amazing,” she continued. “A slew of tests were completed with results back within 24 hours. Detailed risk assessment and contact tracing was done within 24 hours. Eight members in quarantine at home with clear instruction from the health unit and the support of the business. I have been incredibly grateful for their expertise, and in particular, to IPAC nurse Kelly. And so, we move forward with the green light to re-open under the current guidelines. We will continue to do all the things. We will continue to have respect for this virus and the health care professionals who guide us. And we will continue to support and look after each other, and make really damn good food. Thanks for all the love and support. @chezpiggy @panchanchobakery”
On Tuesday morning, Chez Piggy was cleared by Public Health and reopened, and today, Wednesday, May 5, 2021, Pan Chancho is open for business.