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Toronto, Aug 14 (Canadian-Media): The City of Toronto warned that about 550 people may have been exposed to COVID-19 at a downtown strip club Brass Rail Tavern at 701 Yonge St. earlier this month, media reports said.
Brass Rail Tavern. Image credit: Twitter handle
People who visited the strip club are being notified by Toronto Public Health about a potential exposure.
Officials say an employee who tested positive for the virus was at the club on these dates and times:
Public health says there was no risk to anyone who went to the club outside of those occasions.
"As a precaution, [Toronto Public Health] is advising anyone who attended the Brass Rail Tavern during these dates and times to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms for the 14 days after their last visit during this time period," the city said in a news release.
Public health officials said that they have followed up with "all known close contacts" of the person who tested positive, and asked those people to self-isolate for two weeks and go get tested.
They are also directly notifying people who gave their name and contact information to the club for its contact tracing log, according to a news release. The club is working with public health to ensure all proper infection control reopening protocols are in place, which includes staff and patrons wearing masks, the city says.
Mayor John Tory said Friday that this incident shows why it's important for businesses to keep a contact tracing log.
"I just hope the result of all the follow up that Toronto Public Health is doing proves that nobody contracted the virus from that person," he said, CBC News reported.
Premier Doug Ford touched on the incident at his daily press conference Friday, saying that all businesses have to follow health measures amid the pandemic.
"I know it sounds ironic talking about that, but you have to," Ford said. "They've got to follow the protocols."
"Bars seem to be these places where super-spreader events happen," CBC News reported.
Infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Robyn Lee noted, no blame should be laid on the employee involved in this situation.
"There should be no stigma associated with working in these environments," Lee said.
"If you know you were at the strip club at this time, do your best to isolate and get tested. We're all in this together," reported by CBC News.
According to the city's website, as of the afternoon of Aug. 12, 15,548 cases of COVID-19 have been reported to Toronto Public Health, while 14,132 people have recovered.
Health officials recommend that anyone who has symptoms or feels as though they may have been exposed to COVID-19 use the province's COVID-19 self-assessment tool.