Wayward Sandwiches Closes Temporarily Due to Covid-19

One of Canby’s newest restaurants, Wayward Sandwiches, announced Sunday that it will temporarily close due to two staff members testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

“It is with a heavy heart that we have to close the doors for a little while,” Wayward Sandwiches said in an Oct. 18 Facebook post. “Unfortunately, we were unable to navigate the pandemic without being affected. Once our staff is good to go, we will reopen.”

The artisan sandwich and wine shop recently celebrated its one-year anniversary at the Dahlia and installed a tent just last week to help navigate statewide Covid-19 restrictions that limit indoor occupancy for most restaurants.

“Despite our best efforts to avoid the pandemic, we have staff members that have tested positive for COVID,” a letter posted on the doors said. “We have determined that the best course of action is for Wayward Sandwiches to close for a few days to stop any spread among our beloved staff or guests.”

Wayward Sandwiches owner Matt Morrissey tells The Canby Current that the employees who tested positive are asymptomatic and did not have any direct contact with guests. One had not worked at the restaurant in over a week; the other’s last shift was Saturday, Oct. 17.

Other staff members who had contact with the infected employees are following the directions of public health officials to mitigate potential spread. Morrissey said he and his staff are “fastidious” about wearing masks, frequent hand-washing and following the other infection control guidelines.

“Any employees that were in direct contact are being tested,” Morrissey said. “We won’t reopen until we get all of those tests back and we are certain that there will be no spread of virus.”

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