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7 people connected to Bloor St. strip club test positive for COVID-19

Last Updated Sep 13, 2020 at 11:43 am EDT

Toronto Public Health says 7 people, including six employees, have tested positive for COVID-19 at Club Paradise. CITYNEWS/Dan Berry

Toronto Public Health says a total of seven people associated with a gentleman’s club in the area of Bloor and Landsdowne have tested positive for COVID-19.

Health officials issued a notice Sunday that six staff members and one patron of Club Paradise on Bloor Street West have tested positive for the virus since September 4.

They add that while the risk is low to patrons, anyone who may have visited the club between August 29 and September 10 is asked to monitor themselves for any symptoms.

“Investigations by TPH inspectors on August 20 and September 5 found the establishment to be in compliance with all reopening protocols,” TPH said in a statement.

The club itself has voluntarily closed for two weeks.

This is the second known exposure of COVID-19 associated with a strip club in Toronto. Over 400 patrons of the Brass Rail may have been exposed to the virus back between August 4-8 after an employee tested positive.

Toronto Public Health said they were only able to contact one-third of those possibly exposed because most did not provide their real identity and information for contract tracing.

In its release Sunday, Toronto Public Health says it has followed up with all known close contacts at Club Paradise based on the information provided in the contact tracing logs for staff and patrons. However, it did not reveal the number of people contacted or how accurate the information provided was.

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