Coquitlam McDonald’s and Vancouver strip lounge shut down as Covid-19 strikes

    Vancouver – A McDonald’s restaurant in Coquitlam has isolated several employees after one non-kitchen worker developed Covid-19 symptoms.

    In Vancouver, Brandi’s Show Lounge featuring strippers has also shut down after several customers were exposed and tested positive for Covid-19.

    McDonald’s on 1095 Woolridge Street is only open for drive-through but the inside with all plexiglass preparation was shut down after one staffer developed symptoms of Covid-19 acquired from outside, a source said.

    The employee had no symptoms for a couple of days and the possibility of coworker infection resulted in isolation of several staff members, according to the source.

    It does not plan to reopen for about ten more days although the inside has been cleaned and disinfected.

    There’s more Covid-19 spread in Vancouver following the discovery that several patrons of Brandi’s Show Lounge tested positive.

    The dates when infections could have occurred are between June 21 to the 24th.

    “Vancouver Coastal Health is notifying people who visited Brandi’s Exotic Show Lounge (5th Floor, 595 Hornby St., Vancouver) about possible exposure to COVID-19 between the hours of 9pm and 3am on the evenings of June 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th (including midnight to 3 am on the 25th),” said a statement from Vancouver Coastal Health.

    “Multiple individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 attended Brandi’s Exotic Show Lounge on those dates.

    “There was no risk to anyone attending Brandi’s Exotic Show Lounge outside of these dates and times. There is no ongoing risk to the community.”

    “As a precaution, we are advising people who attended Brandi’s Exotic Show Lounge during those hours to monitor themselves for 14 days,” VCH announced.

    “As long as they remain healthy and do not develop symptoms, there is no need to self-isolate and they should continue with their usual daily activities.

    If you have no symptoms, testing is not recommended because it is not accurate or useful, the health authority said.

    “If you develop any of these symptoms of COVID-19, please seek COVID-19 testing and immediately self-isolate. Please call ahead and wear a mask.”

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    Brandi’s management shed some light on the cluster of cases with a statement on their Facebook page.

    “We take the health and safety of our patrons and staff very seriously. We were deeply concerned to learn that someone who had possibly been exposed to COVID-19 had entered our establishment.”

    “Out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily closed,” the statement said.

    “The moment Public Health Officials informed us of the situation, we immediately took all possible steps to help Public Health track and isolate anyone who had been exposed.

    “Since then, we have fully sanitised our facility and are working directly with Public Health officials to enhance our already stringent health and safety procedures.”

    When asked how many patrons were infected, VCH spokesman Clive Camm said: “We included all of the information that we’re able to share in the bulletin.”

    It’s not clear why number of positive cases believed related to the show lounge cannot be made public.