Chef Susur Lee closes his restaurant after an employee tests positive for COVID-19

Over the last couple of days, a number of bars and restaurants in Toronto have had to shut shop for reported exposures to COVID-19 within their premises. The latest to join the list is Lee Restaurant on King West, owned by celebrity Canadian chef Susur Lee.

The popular hangout declared its temporary closure on Thursday afternoon in a notice to patrons.

“Here, at the Lee Restaurant, we take the current climate very seriously. Despite taking every reasonable precaution, one of our employees has tested positive for COVID-19,” the restaurant announced in a statement.

The employee’s last shift was on Wednesday, Sept. 23, and the individual has been in quarantine since, the statement confirmed.

“Following the news, we have decided to close our dining rooms and patio to allow our staff the opportunity to get tested. We have decided to focus on takeout and delivery, considering the safety and wellbeing of our staff and guests.”



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For those who made a reservation in the upcoming month, Lee Restaurant has reached out for a possible postponement. However, takeout and delivery options are still open and available on Ritual, DoorDash, Skip The Dishes, Tock, by phone or by email.

Given the present circumstances, transparency has been key in letting everyone know who has been to places lined with potential exposure. In the past week, King Taps, MARBL and Casa Mezcal were forced to terminate business for violation of Toronto Public Health rules.

While many businesses are choosing to temporarily close their doors in order to implement a deep sanitization of the establishment, others have been ordered to close by Toronto Public Health for failing to implement protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.   

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