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Alberta health agency closes cafe that skirted COVID-19 public health orders


MIRROR, Alta. — Alberta Health Services says it has physically closed a central Alberta cafe that has been skirting COVID-19 public health orders for months. 

The agency says it is barring access to the Whistle Stop Cafe in Mirror, Alta., until its owner can demonstrate the ability to comply with restrictions. 

It says it has taken several steps against the business since January, including three closure orders and the cancellation of the cafe's food handling permit. 

But Alberta Health Services says the cafe's operator has decided not to follow mandatory restrictions. 

The agency says it has received more than 400 complaints against the business since January. 

It can't issue fines or tickets, but says it has been working closely with the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission and police on this file. 

"With COVID-19 cases increasing, including the more easily transmitted and potentially more severe variants, there is urgent need to minimize spread to protect all Albertans," Alberta Health Services said in a news release. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 5, 2021.  

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