Sparkling Hill Resort

An employee at Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon has tested positive for COVID-19, leading to management's decision to voluntarily close the luxury retreat until Nov. 9.

The Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon is voluntarily closing until Nov. 9 because a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee contracted the disease outside the resort and is in self-isolation.

"Due to the extensive COVID-19 plan in place at the resort, Interior Health confirmed there is no concern for any guest that stayed recently," the company said in a  Friday release.

Closure of the resort was not required by Interior Health but company officials say they are nevertheless voluntarily choosing to shut down until Nov. 9 as a "proactive and precautionary approach".

"The health and safety of our staff, guests, and community are a top priority," the release states. "The immediate actions are taken to ensure there is no further spread of the virus."

Other staff members who may be have been in contact with the employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 have been identified and contacted by Interior Health, the company release states.

Anyone who has reservations at Sparkling Hill during the closure period will be contacted and offered various options, the resort says.

Sparkling Hill describes itself as a European-style wellness retreat with a luxury hotel, spa services, meeting facilities, and fine dining options.