A flagship clothing retailer at Coquitlam Mall is getting set to reopen its doors Saturday, less than 48 hours after it announced a potential case of COVID-19 among one of its staff.
On Thursday, a spokesperson for Aritzia, one of the mall’s flagship stores, confirmed that the store had been temporarily closed “out of an abundance of caution” due to an exposure that took place outside of the workplace.
“Our Coquitlam store re-opens Saturday July 25th following successful precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of all, which is always our top priority,” wrote spokesperson Mary Fraser in an email.
Fraser Health is said to have led an investigation into the exposure in order to assess if and how the virus spread. However, at the time of publication, that investigation had not triggered a public exposure bulletin on the health authorities new public exposures portal.
“[We] have not identified any time frames where clients were at an increased risk as a result of being in our boutique or interacting with our employees,” added Fraser in an email.
A full list of Aritzia’s health and safety measures is available on the company’s website at https://www.aritzia.com/en/aritzia/covid-19.html.
The boutique retailer reopened in May following a lengthy closure due to the pandemic. But in that time, it had taken a massive financial hit and has reportedly struggled to confront consumer shifts as the pandemic continues.