'Gentlemen's club' in Kelowna site of latest COVID-19 exposure alert
VANCOUVER -- Interior Health is warning people who recently visited the Liquid Zoo gentlemen's club in Kelowna they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Those who went to the club on Lawrence Avenue from July 15 to 18 are asked to closely self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days and to get tested if they get sick.
The exposure dates come at least five days after B.C. health officials issued their first warning about a cluster of cases linked to parties around Canada Day in Kelowna.
At the time, Interior Health said eight people with the virus had been out and about at the city's waterfront and downtown areas, as well as at private gatherings, bars and restaurants.
The health authority did not specify if the cases were among patrons or workers or how many people linked to the venue were found to have COVID-19.
The notice did specify the potential exposures would have happened during "business hours."
"When Interior Health issues a public notification about potential COVID-19 exposures it is because we have reason to believe there is sufficient risk to people who were present on the dates noted that self-monitoring for symptoms is important," the health authority said in a statement Wednesday. "We do this in cases where we are not able to identify all individuals through direct contact tracing."
Interior Health says its public notifications do not indicate specific concerns about safe practices.
A post on the venue's Instagram feed says it reopened on June 10. Customers had to to have reservations, and the venue would only provide table service.
Interior Health says it has not issued any recent notices for businesses to close, and any that have done so in the past few weeks decided to on their own.
Public exposure alerts have been issued for several other locations in Kelowna, including a Browns Socialhouse, a clothing store and a spin studio.
At least 90 cases of the virus have now been linked to the Canada Day parties in Kelowna.