An employee at a local Montreal SAQ retailer has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, according to an official statement from the Crown corporation. The SAQ confirmed that the employee worked at the SAQ store located at 1745 rue Fleury Est in the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville. The employee last worked on March 21 and began developing symptoms shortly after.

They were placed in preventative isolation on March 27.

Currently, they are quarantined in their home to focus on getting better. 

The SAQ assures the public that the store has been thoroughly disinfected and all employees who worked at the same time as the one who was diagnosed with COVID-19 are also in self-isolation.  

Considered an essential service, most SAQ stores in Quebec remain open despite the COVID-19 pandemic. From the onset of the crisis, the SAQ implemented strict social distancing measures in its stores, including the installation of plexiglass at cash counters.

The company confirms that it is working closely with public health authorities to prevent further spread of COVID-19 within the rue Fleury store. 

According to Santé Montreal, Ahuntsic-Cartierville, the borough where this SAQ store is located, has 54 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of March 29.

The borough, along with several others, is among the Montreal areas with the most reported cases of COVID-19. 

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The SAQ asks that customers maintain a two-metre distance from patrons and employees and respect its precautions.

The company is further enforcing the following occupancy restrictions on its stores:

▪️ SAQ et SAQ Express: 7 clients max

▪️ SAQ Sélection: 15 clients max

▪️ SAQ Dépôt Marché Central: 35 clients max

▪️ SAQ Dépôt (others): 25 clients max

Stay tuned for more news.

This article’s cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

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