COVID-19: Health officials warn clients of Vancouver strip club of possible COVID-19 exposure

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Anyone who has visited Brandi’s exotic exhibition hall between 9 p.m. and 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. on the nights of 21, 22, 23, 24 and the early hours of June 25, may have been in contact with a person infected with the virus and should monitor themselves for symptoms.

Health officials are warning owners of a Vancouver strip club about possible exposure to COVID-19 several nights last week.

Vancouver Coastal Health says those who visited Brandi’s Exotic Show Lounge on Hornby Street between 9 p.m. and 9 p.m. and 3 am on May 21, 22, 23, 24 and the early hours of June 25 may have been in contact with someone with the virus.

Several people tested positive for COVID-19 went to the strip club on these dates, according to a VCH press release on Saturday.

Health officials say there is no risk to anyone who visits Brandi outside of these dates and times, and that there is no ongoing risk to the community.

VCH spokesperson Clive Camm would not say whether employees have tested positive or how many people have tested positive.

Brandi’s temporarily closed, according to a message on the company’s phone.

COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets when a sick person coughs or sneezes. It can also spread when a healthy person touches an object or surface with the virus on it, then touches their mouth, nose or eyes before washing their hands.

VCH advises anyone who has attended Brandi during these hours to monitor themselves for 14 days and to look for COVID-19 tests if they develop symptoms, which may include loss of smell, fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, cough, malaise, runny nose. , sore throat, nausea, vomiting and / or diarrhea.

In the meantime, when strip clubs reopen, they find ways to maintain physical distance. For example, another local strip bar, # 5 Orange, installed plexiglass on the stage to prevent the spread of potentially infected droplets between dancers, staff and customers.

Vancouver Coastal Health said it has been in contact with strip clubs about their reopening plans and that they should follow two sets of WorkSafeBC guidelines.

VCH spokesperson Carrie Stefanson said a combination of performing arts counseling and restaurant and pub counseling would solve many of their problems.

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– With a file by Nick Eagland

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