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Popular Italian restaurant Gusto 101 shuts its doors after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Last Updated Sep 29, 2020 at 11:03 am EDT

A popular Italian restaurants in the city’s downtown core has temporarily shut down after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

In an Instagram post, Gusto 101, located near Adelaide Street West and Bathurst Street, said it has shut its doors until further notice while the location is professionally sanitized.

According to the post, the staff member last worked on September 26.

The post also said the restaurant’s entire staff is in self-isolation and employees will be required to get tested for COVID-19 before they can return to work.

All reservations for the next few days will be re-scheduled or cancelled.

The province confirmed 700 new cases on Monday, a new record for Ontario, with Toronto housing nearly half the cases.

Toronto’s top doctor has since said they’ll be recommending new restrictions for bars and restaurants in efforts to tackle the spread of COVID-19.

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To our Gusto 101 Famiglia, For many, Gusto 101 is a home-away-from-home. A place where the $1/oz house wine flows and mafalde ai fungi and cavolo nero are plentiful. While we have taken every step possible to ensure your second home here at 101 Portland St is one where you feel safe to eat, even during the most uncertain of times, it’s on days like today where we are reminded that this world is a hard one for restaurants, the awesome hospitality workers who keep us going, and our wonderful guests that continue to support us when we need it most. Through the lens of safety and transparency (the only way forward), we are saddened to announce that one of our team members at Gusto 101 has tested positive for COVID-19. This team member, who’s last shift at Gusto 101 was Saturday, September 26th, went to get tested out as a precaution and is currently quarantined at home. While not mandatory, we have immediately closed our restaurant until further notice as our guest and team member safety will always be number one. During this time, we are taking the following action: ⠀ ⠀ ∙ Gusto 101 will be professionally sanitized to eradicate the possibility of any surface contamination⠀ ∙ The full team at Gusto 101 is in self-isolation and will be required to get tested for COVID-19.  A clean bill of health will be required before returning to work.⠀ ∙ Contact tracing details have been shared with Public Health and those who they deem to be at-risk will be contacted. It is highly recommended that you download the COVID Alert app if you have not already done so. ∙ All reservations for the few days will be rescheduled or canceled, stay tuned for updates. ∙ Shared this update on http://gusto101.com + specific details on when this team member was working. ⠀ We are optimistic that this is an isolated case as no other team members are experiencing symptoms and rigorous sanitation, social distancing, and mask-wearing procedures were followed. We will only reopen when we feel it is safe to do so. continued in comments ????

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