Calgary restaurants face temporary closures and reduced hours due to Omicron spread – Calgary

The holiday hustle and bustle was abruptly ended at the DOP restaurant.

The staff were sent home until the New Year. Some are sick and some have COVID.

“We had a pile of tests downstairs that we were doing and they came back negative, so we were working on it,” said owner Tony Migliarese. “Then over the holidays we had a few positive tests and then we checked with the staff and a lot of them were not feeling well even though they were negative.”

“We will be closing until the new year and we will continue from there.”

DOP is not alone. Several Calgary restaurants are facing vacation closures or reduced hours due to staff shortages caused by illness.


Last Best Brewing & Distilling announced its closure on December 26 after several team members tested positive for COVID.


Vegan Street Inglewood updated its subscribers on Sunday, referring to a case of COVID among a staff member and the testing and isolation requirements that may result in reduced hours during the holidays.


Ship & Anchor Pub closed Boxing Day citing staff shortages “due to omicron”.

While not all shortages are related to Omicron, COVID patients are also reporting significant changes in more common symptoms.

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While fever and loss of taste or smell were previously telltale signs, some doctors say runny nose, sneezing, headache and sore throat are now at the top of the list of symptoms. in Omicron patients.

“Some things that we’re seeing a lot right now are people coming in with a sore throat and kind of sore throat thinking they have strep, and they’re testing positive for Omicron,” said Dr Raj Bhardwaj, an emergency care physician and a family physician in Calgary. “And then the other thing is people come in thinking they’ve got a cold or the flu, kinda sore and you know, fever, chills, runny nose, tiredness, and they tested positive for Omicron. “

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And while test makers have yet to change their advice, some health authorities are providing new instructions for people using rapid antigen test kits.

The UK government requires users to dab their throat first – before dabbing their nose – to get the most accurate test results.

“We find that people, especially at the onset of their symptoms, if they only test their nose, test negative. But if they test their throat and nose, they get a positive test, ”Dr Bhardwaj said. “It seems Omicron mostly lives in your throat at first.”

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Bhardwaj also advises using N-95 masks, especially by waiters, and testing as much as possible before shows.

The Alberta government is expected to provide an update on COVID numbers on Tuesday.

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