CALGARY – Smoke billowing through a dining room was just one of the telltale signs that a Calgary company recently breached a public health ordinance related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) ordered Mount Royal Pita on 52 Street NE to be closed after inspectors found it was offering hookah service to the public on April 24th.
“Five shisha pipes were set up in the dining area. In the dining room there was smoke in the air, a strong shisha smell and the shisha pipes that were set up in the front area were still warm,” said the announcement about the closure.
According to AHS, the Chief Medical Officer of Health has ordered all restaurants to stop offering dine-in services to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
As a result of the announcement, the company was ordered to close immediately.
The Calgary salon offered nail and eyelash service
AHS also ordered the closure of a salon in southeast Calgary after it was discovered offering services such as eyelash extensions and aesthetic nail treatments to clients.
Crystal Beauty Room, 232 Deercrest Pl. SE was ordered to close on April 29th when an inspection revealed the store was open to customers.
Officials say the violation of public health ordinances sparked by the pandemic wasn’t the only reason the shutdown was ordered.
AHS inspectors also found that the company lacked a dedicated sink for washing hands or cleaning equipment.
“The sink was used to clean equipment. This violates Section 4 (1) of the Ordinance on Personal Services,” says the ordinance.
Also, according to AHS, the company didn’t have an approved disinfectant for tools, there were no disposable towels to dry hands, and the sheet used for the customer’s bed was dirty.
As a result, health officials ordered the store to close until the work was completed to resolve the issues listed in the order and once the COVID-19 related CMOH orders were lifted.