B.C. strip club linked to COVID-19 cases 'skirting the rules in some ways': Henry

WATCH: B.C.'s COVID-19 outbreak has taken an eyebrow-raising turn this weekend. B.C. health officials are warning anyone who recently attended Brandi's Exotic Show Lounge may have been exposed to the virus.

UPDATE: On Tuesday, an updated message on the Brandi’s website said the lounge has been “cleared for a safe reopen” following a “thorough inspection and a complete review of all protocols by Vancouver Coastal Health.”

The lounge also posted its COVID-19 safety plan online.

B.C.’s provincial health officer says a Vancouver strip club linked to multiple cases of COVID-19 was “skirting the rules in some ways.”

Dr. Bonnie Henry said three people who were at Brandi’s Show Lounge on Hornby Street between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. from June 21 to June 24 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Anyone who attended Brandi’s during those hours should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days. Henry says contact tracing is underway in relation to the exposure event and “several close contacts are in isolation.”

A message on Brandi’s website said the lounge was temporarily closed.

Henry said Monday the strip club operated under the same type of event licence that would apply to a pub.

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“So yes, they were in some sense going around the regulations to be able to hold events and they are closed down because the safety plan that was in place was not adequate,” she said.

“I think there are concerns and they are skirting the rules in some ways.”

Henry went on to say that WorkSafeBC and public health inspectors can close businesses.

“So they would not be able to reopen unless they do come up with a plan that meets the criteria that we’ve established for protection of both the employees and the patrons in those facilities in those businesses,” she said.

“Businesses need to be aware that you are responsible for keeping your employees and your patrons safe and you could be liable if appropriate precautions are not taken to protect people.”

“I am concerned,” Henry said. “We have not yet seen transmission from this event, but it’s very possible.”

— With files from Simon Little

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