The Rose Garden Cafe at Lakeside Park briefly closed after one of its employees was told they may have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19. Photo: Tyler Harper

The Rose Garden Cafe at Lakeside Park briefly closed after one of its employees was told they may have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19. Photo: Tyler Harper

UPDATE: Rose Garden Cafe employee in Nelson tests negative for COVID-19

One of the cafe’s employees had been contacted by the provincial contact tracing program

The Rose Garden Cafe at Lakeside Park reopened Monday after one of its employees tested negative for COVID-19.

The cafe had closed Saturday when it said it had an employee in self-isolation once they were contacted by the provincial contact tracing program. The contact did not take place at the cafe, and staff did not know where it may have occurred.

But in an update Sunday, the cafe posted on Facebook with the good news.

”We are truly grateful and touched deeply with the large awareness that we all went through this together gracefully and peacefully. Thank you for all your kind words, prayers, encouragement and compassion.”

The popular spot at the park opened this summer with distancing measures including masks for employees and a plastic barrier at the till.

As of Aug. 13 there had been just 13 cases of COVID-19 reported in the Kootenay Boundary sub-region of Interior Health since January, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. It’s not clear how many, if any, of those cases were located in Nelson.

Interior Health announced six new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, but did not say where in the region the cases were. There are 17 active cases in the region, which has had a total of 417 since the pandemic began.

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