Up to 550 people possibly exposed to COVID-19 at the Brass Rail, city warns

An employee who worked shifts between August 4-9 has tested positive for the virus

Toronto Public Health (TPH) officials say up to 550 people may have been exposed to COVID-19 at the Brass Rail strip club after an employee tested positive.

Anyone who visited the downtown club at 701 Yonge between August 4-9 should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days, officials said.

The employee worked on August 4 from 7 pm to 2:30 am, August 5 from 8 pm to 3 am, on August 7 from 9 pm to 3 am and August 8 from 7 pm to 2:30 am.

TPH has followed up with known close contacts of the infected employee and asked those people to self-isolate for 14 days and get tested for COVID-19.

Stage 3 reopening rules require bars and restaurants to keep customer logs for contact tracing purposes. Officials are notifying the people who logged their visit at the the Brass Rail on the days the infected employee worked.

TPH also said the club is working to ensure all COVID-19 Stage 3 reopening protocols are in place, including staff and patrons wearing masks and appropriate physical distancing measures.

The Brass Rail reopened on July 31 from lockdown measures the province imposed on most businesses in mid-March when the outbreak intensified.

Public health officials have said they expect outbreaks to occur as the economy reopens. Last week, popular Thai restaurant Pai temporarily closed after a kitchen staffer tested positive for the virus.


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