We continue to monitor COVID-19 and follow the guidance of our local and federal health officials while sending thoughts and prayers to those affected locally and all over the world.⠀
As promised, we will be implementing precautions to our daily operations as we see fit based on real-time updates from Alberta Health Services.
Starting tomorrow, March 17, 2020 at 7:30am, the seating at all Spinelli Bar Italia Cafes will be reduced by 50%. This will allow more space between tables should customers choose to dine-in.⠀
As an added preventative measure and to protect our valued staff and customers, the use of ceramic dishes and cutlery will be discontinued in our cafes, effective immediately.⠀All items from our cafe and bakery will be served in disposable cups, boxes and bags. We encourage customers to takeaway meals and snacks from our extensive ready-to-eat offerings including sandwiches, salads and scratch made individual and family-size meals.⠀
We continue to be vigilant with the enhanced cleaning and sanitation practices we’ve implemented and will continue to reinforce new processes with our teams.⠀
For 60 years, our shops have been a gathering place. Food brings people together, especially during times we need comfort so the practice of social distancing doesn't come natural for us but it is our new normal, for now. Our highest priority is the health and safety of our staff and their families, customers, and the community at large. The dedicated and loyal staff at all Italian Centre Shop locations remain committed to serving you during this unprecedented and complicated time.⠀
We thank everyone who has stopped into our shops or have sent us messages of love, support and well wishes for our friends and families in Italy. They’ve truly captured our hearts and brought us great comfort.⠀
We will continue to send updates on our operations as our new normal unfolds.
President, Italian Centre Shop