Toronto patron at strip club tests positive for coronavirus

Aug 19 2020, 11:14 am

A patron at a Toronto strip club has tested positive for COVID-19.

On Wednesday, Toronto Public Health (TPH) said the patient who attended the Brass Rail Tavern at 701 Yonge Street last week lives outside of Toronto.

The health unit added they are working with the applicable health unit who will request information about possible sources of infection as part of their investigation.

“As this case is still under investigation and to protect the person’s privacy and personal health information, we are not able to share their place of residence at this time,” Vinita Dubey, Associate Medical Officer of Health, said in a statement.

On the evening of Friday, August 14, TPH conducted a re-inspection of the Brass Rail Tavern, which was a follow-up to the inspection on Thursday, August 13, when the establishment was in non-compliance under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act; and By-law 545-8.4.1 under City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 545, Licensing.

Around 550 people were identified as being exposed to the virus from this inspection.

According to Dubey, Friday’s inspection found that the Brass Rail was now in compliance, and it is implementing the recommended public health measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

TPH also has attempted to contact all individuals listed on the contact tracing logs and followed up with staff and close contacts of the case, which found that one person had contracted the virus.

“As a precaution, TPH is advising anyone who attended the Brass Rail Tavern from August 4th to 8th to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms for the 14 days after their last visit, and to get tested and self-isolate if symptoms develop,” Dubey said.

TPH is doing routine inspections on all adult entertainment venues in Toronto to ensure they are complying with the provincial regulations and City by-laws, and it has recently developed and posted guidance for this sector.

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