Vancouver strip club shares reopening plans after coronavirus outbreak

Jun 30 2020, 12:15 pm

After what it called a “thorough inspection” and a complete review of all protocols by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Brandi’s Show Lounge announced that it has been cleared to reopen following the detection of coronavirus in a number of recent patrons.

On its website, the downtown venue said as part of its reopening, “we have worked with VCH closely to ensure that we meet the necessary guidelines for sanitation.”

The club notes that it has been “fully sanitized” and more protocols have been added to “keep our guests and staff safe.”

The news comes after health officials announced this past weekend that they were notifying recent patrons about the potential for exposure that took place between the hours of 9 pm and 3 am on the evenings of June 21, 22, 23, and 24, and midnight to 3 am on June 25.

“Multiple individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 attended Brandi’s Exotic Show Lounge on those dates,” said VCH. “There was no risk to anyone attending Brandi’s Exotic Show Lounge outside of these dates and times.”

They also noted “there is no ongoing risk to the community.”

During a press conference on Monday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the club, which was closed down following the detection of cases and a lack of proper operating, had been opened under the same licensing structure as pubs and restaurants.

Henry said she still had concerns about what she perceived to be the club’s skirting of the regulations when it came to operating these types of establishments.

“This is where we have to realize that these aren’t things that we’re inventing to try and punish businesses; it’s to try and ensure that we’re not letting this virus get out of control,” she said.