Dr. Bonnie Henry slams Brandi’s strip joint for skirting rules

    Vancouver – Brandi’s Show Lounge was slammed by BC PHO Dr. Bonnie Henry for “skirting” around rules to prevent outbreaks of Covid-19.

    At least three patrons have tested positive and there is a possibility more are infected. But tracing contacts has been difficult.

    Henry said Brandi’s was closed because it went around the tight rules for reopening and warned that businesses that flout rules may be held liable and enforcement actions.

    These enforcement actions may result in permanent closure, Henry warned.

    “There has been one new exposure event at Brandi’s Exotic Show Lounge in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. Public health teams are actively contact tracing and have issued an alert for anyone who may have been at the premises June 21, 22, 23 and 24 between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.,” She said in a joint statement with Health Minister Adrian Dix.

    “COVID-19 remains a high risk for everyone in our province even though the number of new cases is low. As we gradually transition into Phase 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, we must remain vigilant.”

    “One slip is all we need to cause a significant rebound, something we are working extremely hard to avoid.”

    “A key part of our efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 is for all of us to support contact tracing efforts, by keeping our bubbles small and paying attention to where we go and who we are seeing. It is a team effort requiring all of us to participate.

    “In this most recent community outbreak, public health teams were required to issue a public alert because they have been unable to reach all those who may be at risk,” pointing to obvious difficulties in reaching patrons and contacts.

    “Here in British Columbia, we have established clear rules for safe social interactions that apply to everyone.

    “These foundational rules allow us to increase our time with others, to restart many businesses and most importantly, to stay safe.

    “We want to be absolutely clear there are no exceptions or half measures. British Columbians have flattened our curve. To be successful and weather this storm, everyone needs to do their part, whether at home, at work or travelling.

    “Businesses need to understand that they are responsible for keeping their employees safe and for taking appropriate precautions to protect employees while they are at work.