Huron Perth Public Health Permits Market to Re-open

After completing a public health investigation, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is permitting Zehr’s Country Market, located in Dashwood and Bayfield, to re-open.

On August 12, 2020, the owner of Zehr’s Country Market contacted HPPH and indicated that he was closing his premises due to illness.  HPPH conducted an investigation and determined that both the Dashwood and Bayfield locations of Zehr’s Country Market were linked to COVID-19 cases. The locations were subsequently closed temporarily on August 14, 2020. Information at the time indicated that the risk to the public was low.

The operator has been working closely with HPPH to implement and improve COVID-19 control and prevention requirements. The operator has met criteria for re-opening and is now permitted to do so.

 “We appreciate the continued support of the operator during our investigation,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health.

“Opening our stores safely was extremely important to us.  Keeping our customers and staff healthy is our top priority,” says Paul Zehr, owner of the locations. “We saw the importance of working with public health during our closure and are pleased to be able to welcome our customers back to both of our stores.”

Those who visited the market prior to its temporary closure do not need to take any action.

Because COVID-19 is circulating across Huron-Perth, all residents of both counties are encouraged to do the following:

  • If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolate and arrange for testing.
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.
  • Maintain physical distance of 6 feet/2 metres from anyone not in your social circle.
  • Wear a non-medical cloth face covering in indoor public spaces and in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

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