At least one visitor to the Brass Rail strip club in Toronto has contracted COVID-19, according to health officials who last week warned the public that a sick staff member potentially exposed 550 people to the virus.
“To date, one person who was contacted by (Toronto Public Health) from the facility’s contact tracing registry who visited the facility had symptoms and tested positive for COVID -19, ”said Dr. Vinita Dubey, a senior official at TPH. in a statement Tuesday to the Star.
“This person lives outside of Toronto and TPH is working with the relevant health unit who will request information on possible sources of infection as part of their investigation.”
Health officials will not say where the person lives to protect their privacy and because the Brass Rail exposure is still under investigation, Dubey added.
While not confirming speculation, some customers have given inaccurate contact information to the strip club, public health insists people need to provide specific details to companies in case there is an outbreak and that they should be contacted.
“They can also download the COVID Alert app, which can also help notify those at risk,” Dubey said.
TPH inspects all of the city’s adult entertainment venues to make sure they comply with anti-virus regulations, which include a ban on lap dancing, staff screening every shift, a maximum of 50 people inside and tables at least two meters apart or separated by plexiglass.
Last Thursday, lab results revealed that an infected employee was working at Brass Rail from the evening to the morning of August 4-8. Anyone there was then asked to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after their last visit, and to get tested and self-isolate if they developed symptoms.
Public health said an inspection of the Yonge Street club revealed numerous violations of anti-virus regulations. After issuing a warning, public health inspectors returned on Friday and found the Brass Rail had fixed the issues.