Superspreader event declared at Crackers Restaurant Lounge and Karaoke in Saskatoon


The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) warns the public of a possible super-spreader at a Saskatoon karaoke bar and warns of a significant risk of the continued spread of COVID-19.
Authorities issued an outbreak warning for Crackers Restaurant Lounge & Karaoke on Sunday.

The authority said 16 positive cases were identified between December 23 and January 4.

The warning went on to say that there is a significant risk of second generation spread of the disease.

Anyone who was at the restaurant must self-isolate immediately for 14 days from the date of exposure. No further details about the outbreak were provided.

Anyone who has visited the bar after the 14-day infectious period is still urged to call 811 and arrange for testing. The health authority said the test will show if the person is contagious and if further contact tracing is needed.

Anyone showing symptoms should call 811 and arrange for a test.

Karaoke not in game: SHA

This fall, several bars in Saskatoon were reported for COVID-19 spread events, including Diva’s and Longbranch.

As part of Saskatchewan’s plan to reopen the province of the province, bars were prohibited from operating dance floors or hosting karaoke events.

Neither karaoke nor dance floors were risk factors in the cracker outbreak, a SHA spokesperson said.

“Public health officials continue to investigate the outbreak at Crackers Restaurant. This includes contact tracing surveys and reviewing company protocols to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

In November, the provincial government announced an additional rule that all bars must stop serving alcohol by 10 p.m. CST and must be closed by 11 p.m. CST.

The epidemic occurred “despite our best efforts”

In a Facebook post on Monday morning, Crackers said it was shutting down until further notice as it worked with health officials to tackle the outbreak, including a “deep clean”.

“Despite our best efforts, exposure to COVID-19 has been confirmed,” according to the post.

“Crackers staff and management want to remind our customers that their health and safety and that of their families are of the highest priority.

The owners of Crackers could not be reached for comment.


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