Hundreds of strip club customers gave fake contact information for coronavirus tracing

Aug 28 2020, 6:52 am

Hundreds of customers at a strip club provided fake information to Toronto Public Health (TPH) for COVID-19 contact tracing.

According to TPH, they were only able to directly reach 157 of the 441 patrons who had attended Brass Rail Tavern between August 4 to 8.

“TPH would like to stress the important role the public can play to support contact tracing efforts in situations like these by providing accurate contact information to local businesses and services including their name, phone number, and email address,” the written statement said.

“This information will help public health to quickly follow up with COVID-19 cases and their close contacts and help reduce potential COVID-19 transmission.”

The health unit is also encouraging residents to download the COVID Alert app, which can also help to notify individuals who are exposed to the virus in the community.

“Everyone has a role to play to help reduce virus spread in our city and keep each other safer as we live with this virus, and this is why we are asking residents to help in this important area.”

Earlier in the month, TPH said that around 550 people may have been exposed to the virus when attending the strip club from August 4 to 8 as one of the patrons contracted the virus during this time.

Daily Hive reached out to the Information and Privacy Commissioner for Ontario and will update accordingly. 

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