Possible COVID-19 exposure at London bar and restaurant

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Local health officials are advising people who attended a southeast London bar and restaurant to watch for symptoms of COVID-19.

The Middlesex London Health Unit reported Wednesday that patrons of Paranyde Bar and Grill at 1100 Commissioners Road East may have been exposed to COVID-19. The health unit was notified on Tuesday that a person who has tested positive for the virus was infectious while they were there.

“Health Unit staff members have followed up with both the patron and the club’s owner and have been unable so far to identify all of those who may have had close contact with this individual,” the health unit said.

Anyone who was at Paranyde on Friday or Saturday between the hours of 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. to watch for symptoms and get tested if any develop.

“There is a risk that anyone who had close contact with this individual may have been exposed to COVID-19. Because we don’t have a list of this person’s possible close contacts, it will be very important for anyone who starts to develop any COVID symptoms to get tested right away,” said Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Alex Summers. “Whether they attended Paranyde Bar & Grill or not, we advise anyone who starts to show symptoms to book a COVID-19 test right away.”

The health unit is also reminding bars and restaurants of the importance of collection contact information from customers for the purposes of contact tracing.

On Tuesday, the health unit announced it was implementing a Section 22 order that forces bar and restaurant patrons and staff to wear masks while inside. The only exception is when they are eating and drinking in a designated area. Tables in that area must be separated by at least two metres or by an impermeable barrier, such as plexiglass, under the order.