Yonge Street Warehouse staffers test positive for COVID-19

Anyone who visited the bar and restaurant between September 10 and 17 should monitor for symptoms

Five staffers and two patrons at Yonge Street Warehouse have tested positive for COVID-19, the city said on Saturday.

Toronto Public Health (TPH) is asking anyone who visited the restaurant between September 10 and 17 to monitor for symptoms for 14 days after their visit.

TPH estimates that around 1,700 people visited the establishment on Yonge north of Dundas during that period.

In the last few days, five employees and two patrons tested positive for the virus. The city’s contact tracers have followed up with known close contacts, who have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days and go for testing.

“If you were at the Yonge Street Warehouse between September 10 to 17 but have not been contacted by TPH, you are not identified as a close contact.,” TPH said in a statement. “You are viewed as low risk.”

“If symptoms develop, please contact TPH, seek testing and immediately self-isolate,” the statement adds. “Please wear a mask when going for testing.”

The restaurant and bar is the latest eatery to be affected by COVID-19. A few blocks away on Church Street, drag bar Crews & Tangos temporarily closed after being notified that a performer and a customer tested positive.

In the past 24 hours, TPH has ordered three King West restaurants to shut down for violating COVID-19 rules and declared Toronto’s first outbreak in a public school.

Ontario reported 435 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday. Daily case counts have risen dramatically in the province the past five weeks.

Public health officials have said in recent weeks that new infections are being driven by private social gatherings, but also bars, nightclubs and travel.

Under pressure to crack down on gatherings and curb spread, the province has limited indoor and outdoor gathering capacities, shut down strip clubs and moved up last call for bars and restaurants to 11 pm.


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