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Burnaby restaurant gets closed down ‘due to COVID’

Burnaby set a record for cases in the first week of December
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The Chopped Leaf on Burnaby Mountain has closed temporarily. Chris Campbell photo

As each day brings a steady number of new COVID-19 cases and pleas to follow B.C.’s restrictions, some places are actually closing down due to the pandemic.

In Burnaby, one restaurant has closed its doors temporarily amid pandemic issues.

The Chopped Leaf outlet in the UniverCity development on Burnaby Mountain next to SFU has closed its doors “due to COVID,” according to a letter.

It has not been closed due to COVID-19 cases among the staff, but because of the pandemic's impact on customer traffic. With SFU’s campus closed to classes right now, the UniverCity community saw fewer students move in at the start of the school year.

The closure follows Burnaby breaking a weekly record for COVID-19 cases recently.

The latest data from the BC Centre for Disease Control show that from Nov. 29-Dec. 5, Burnaby had 238 cases. That’s the exact same number Burnaby had for the entire month of September, according to the BCCDC.

New cases of COVID-19 also skyrocketed in Burnaby in November with 1,081. That’s a huge jump from the 287 cases Burnaby had in all of October and 238 cases in September.

According to the BCCDC, Burnaby has now seen 1,938 COVID-19 cases between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30, 2020.