Strip clubs and bars spark Covid-19 warnings

    Vancouver – One day after issuing an alert for Hotel Belmont there’s now a bulletin for No5 Orange strip show.

    No5 Orange is located at the foot of Main Street.

    Vancouver Coastal Health said one individual present at No5 Orange tested positive.

    Reports say the person was a member of staff. The club shut down for a day but has reopened.

    Anyone who attended in evening on July 1 is asked to monitor for symptoms.

    “An individual who tested positive for COVID-19 attended No5 Orange on that date. There is no known risk to anyone who attended the No5 Orange outside that date,” VCH said.

    “There is no ongoing risk to the community. At this time, there is no evidence that this exposure is linked to recent ones at Brandi’s Exotic Show Lounge or the Hotel Belmont.”

    “As a precaution, we are advising people who attended the No5 Orange on July 1 to monitor themselves for 14 days.

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

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    Dr. Bonnie Henry lashed Brandi’s because it was “skirting” rules.

    But Brandi’s now says in a statement that the problem was caused by three Covid-19 positive customers who attended.

    “Based on information provided by Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, the three (3) COVID-19 cases reported in the media did not arise as a result of a visit to Brandi’s Show Lounge.

    “Rather, three people who already had the virus visited Brandi’s during the week of June 21-25. It appears there was no spread of the virus at our club.”

    “None of our staff or performers have tested positive for COVID-19.

    “After a thorough inspection and a complete review of all protocols by Vancouver Coastal Health, we have been cleared for a safe re-opening.

    “However, (we) are currently evaluating the best way to resume operations due to limits on the number of customers allowed in the club during an “event” (which we are told includes dance performances) even with social distancing measures in place.

    “This number is significantly less than what our liquor license allows and is less than the limit which applies to restaurants.”

    Part of the problem is failure by bars and strip clubs to keep records of customers contact numbers.

    Contact tracing is important to weed out infected people and isolate them.