Public health officials said yesterday (Friday) that as many as 550 people may have been exposed to Covid-19 after a worker at Brass Rail strip club in Toronto tested positive.
They worked on August 4, 5, 7 and 8, but their role has not been specified. Toronto Public Health is contacting those who left contact details on entry to the club and is telling them - and those who have been in close proximity to them - to self-isolate for 14 days.
Ontario Premier, Doug Ford, said there may have to be some awkward conversations over the coming days.
According to The Associated Press, he said: "I feel sorry for people when they go to their house and tell them that they were at the Brass Rail.
"That's who I feel sorry for. Sorry for the spouse, seriously. Man, I wouldn't want to be on the end of that one."
Nightclubs were allowed to reopen in Toronto on 31 July, but Dr Andrew Morris, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Toronto, said they should not have been allowed to.
According to The Associated Press, he said: "We just know enough from everywhere that they are going to be the sources of outbreaks.
"I don't think people realise - 550 people potentially exposed. You know how long its going to take them to chase down 550 guys, half of which probably gave fake ID or information."
Brass Rail said the club closed its doors after the positive test and was deep-cleaned and disinfected.
In a post on Instagram, it said: "The Brass Rail closed its doors immediately when we heard that an employee may have tested positive for Covid-19. The safety of our city, staff and patrons is always our top priority.
"It turned out to be only one isolated case and that case was quickly contained. All of our staff were subsequently tested and all tests have come back negative.
"The Brass Rail has strict safety precautions in place but as an added measure we closed our establishment for another 72 hours on our own accord without direction from anyone.
"We then hired a professional sanitization/disinfecting crew to throughly sanitize (in hazmat suits) the Brass Rail in its entirety.
"Our safety measures continue to go above and beyond to ensure our valued staff & patrons are always kept secure and safe."