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B.C. woman charged after visiting Nova Scotia brewery without self-isolating

A British Columbia woman has been fined $1,000 after visiting a brewery in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia without properly self-isolating. 

Due to the pandemic, anyone who enters Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic provinces is required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

The 38-year-old woman failed to follow the rules, visiting the brewery before sufficiently quarantining. 

Route 19 Brewing in N.S. was forced to close after learning she had spent time in their taproom on Sunday afternoon.

Posting to their Facebook page, the brewery told customers the business would be closed until further notice.

"We have been informed that an individual, who did not adhere to the self-isolation procedures when traveling from outside the Atlantic Bubble, was in our taproom on Sunday," they explained. 

Route 19 assured customers that the premises has since undergone a "thorough sanitization." 

They continued: "We are working with public health authorities to determine when it will be appropriate to reopen our taproom. Be assured that the health and safety of our customers and staff is our top priority."

The brewery also advised anyone who visited the facility on Sunday and might come contact with the individual to "continue to monitor themselves for any symptoms and call 811 if any of the symptoms develop."

Several customers expressed anger at the closure.

"Terrible that your business and employees have to shoulder the financial burden of this selfish person," one person wrote. "Thank you for your immediate action and transparency."

According to CTV News, Inverness District RCMP received a complaint Monday evening that a woman was not complying with Nova Scotia’s Health Protection Act.

Officers responded and charged the 38-year-old woman for violating the act, which carries a fine of $1,000.

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