A Hamilton concert bar allows its customers to sing in the shower during an epidemic. To keep people safe, they built a shower stall complete with curtains and tubing on stage.
Tracy Place Karaoke Bar and Restaurant closed during the COVID-19 epidemic in March. It was relaunched three months ago amid strict protocols set by the government on how they could work.
Ontario ordered most businesses to close in March, resuming phases starting in June. One of the last businesses that allowed karaoke bars to reopen was the possibility of the virus spreading through droplets while singing.
Owner Tracy England solution? Installing a cubicle made of clear plastic shower curtains on the stage.
“Doing it in the shower is a great way to stay clean and keep everything clean,” she says.
Usually she has to take people along as there is a high demand for Mike to come back. Now, she plays a song between each singer, giving her a chance to clean the shower stall. Shower curtains also separate the tables.
“Everything has been great so far,” England said.
This change seems to be going well with customers. As recently as Friday night, Tracy Place was capable.
“It’s a little bit of a trick,” said patron Michaela Halok, 21. England “cares so much about the people who come to this bar, she is not in danger of endangering anyone.”
Ontario, along with Canada, has seen an increase in cases in recent weeks. COVID-19 cases were reported in the province on Sunday, the provincial government said.