COVID-19 health warning issued to visitors to upscale Vancouver strip club from June 21 to 25

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      Patrons of Brandi's Exotic Show Lounge are being asked to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19.

      According to Vancouver Coastal Health, it's possible that people were exposed to the novel coronavirus if they were at the nightclub between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. from June 21 to 24. In addition, those who were in the club from midnight to 3 a.m. on June 25 are also at risk.

      That's because "multiple" people in the fifth-floor Hornby Street venue at those times and on those dates have tested positive.

      Anyone who was at the club on other days was not exposed to COVID-19.

      The show lounge has been temporarily closed to address these issues. 

      Last year, Brandi's was voted by Georgia Straight readers as the best strip club in Vancouver.

      If people who are self-monitoring begin showing symptoms, they're advised to get tested immediately and self-isolate. They've also been encouraged to call ahead and wear a mask.

      "COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets when a person who is sick coughs or sneezes," Vancouver Coastal Health says. "It can also be spread when a healthy person touches an object or surface (e.g. a doorknob or a table) with the virus on it, and then touch their mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands. Most people who get COVID-19 have only mild disease, but a few people can get very sick and may need to go to hospital.

      "The symptoms of COVID-19 may include loss of smell, fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, cough, malaise, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea."