Toronto strip club worker may have exposed about 550 people to COVID-19

Exotic dancers weren’t the only ones being exposed in this Canadian strip club.

A Toronto jiggle joint worker infected with COVID-19 may have exposed more than 500 people to the illness, health officials have warned.

The Brass Rail Tavern employee tested positive for the coronavirus just days after the club was allowed to reopen with social distancing measures like mask requirements and social distancing, the Guardian reported.

The employee, who was not identified, worked four shifts between Aug. 4 and Aug. 8, potentially infecting as many as 550 people, according to the Toronto Public Health Department.

Anyone who frequented the spot, which is one of city’s best-known strip clubs, has been asked to monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days from their visit.

Health officials said the bar has maintained a client log, and has reached out to anyone who left their name and contact information.

But some experts question how successful these contact-tracing efforts can be when it comes to the nudie bar.

“You know how long it’s going to take them to chase down 550 guys, half of which probably gave fake ID or information,” Andrew Morris, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Toronto, said.

The Brass Rail did not respond to a request for comment, the outlet reported.

But it appeared the nightspot is still open for business, with a sign on its door ensuring clients that it’s following protocol, the Toronto Star reported.

“During this time, we are continuing operations while upholding the highest possible hygiene standards with our staff,” the sign said.

“This is our main priority while we provide our guests with the hospitality and customer service that they have become accustomed to.”

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