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Canadian karaoke bar installs shower cabin for singers as precaution against COVID-19

Tracie’s Place Karaoke Bar and Restaurant in Hamilton, Ontario has installed a shower stall, complete with curtains and tubular piping, to let customers sing safely during the pandemic.

By: Reuters | Hamilton (ontario) | Updated: October 7, 2020 12:26:40 pm
Canadian karaoke bar, Shower cabin, Canada, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Social media viral trending news, Indian Express news.Two men sing a physically distanced duet, one from inside a makeshift 'shower stall', set up in order to protect patrons from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Tracie's Place Restaurant and Karaoke in Hamilton, Ontario. (Picture credit: Reuters)

A Canadian karaoke bar is letting its customers sing in the shower during the pandemic – to keep people safe, they’ve constructed a shower stall, complete with curtains and tubular piping, on stage.

Tracie’s Place Karaoke Bar and Restaurant in Hamilton, Ontario, 70 km south of Toronto, closed during the COVID-19 pandemic in March. It reopened three months ago amid strict protocols set out by the government for how they could operate.

The province of Ontario ordered most businesses to close in March, reopening in stages beginning in June. Karaoke bars were among the last businesses permitted to reopen, due to the possibility of spreading the virus through droplets while singing.

Canadian karaoke bar, Shower cabin, Canada, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Social media viral trending news, Indian Express news. The view from inside a makeshift ‘shower stall’, set up to protect patrons from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Tracie’s Place Restaurant and Karaoke in Hamilton, Ontario. (Picture credit: Reuters)

Owner Tracie England’s solution? Installing a cubicle made of clear plastic shower curtains on stage.

“Doing it in the shower is a great way to stay sanitized and keep everything clean,” she said.

Normally she has to rush people along because there is such high demand to get behind the mic. Now she plays a song between each singer, giving her a chance to clean down the shower stall. Shower curtains also separate the tables.

“Everything’s been fabulous so far,” England said.

Canadian karaoke bar, Shower cabin, Canada, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Social media viral trending news, Indian Express news. The owner of the bar, Tracie England, sings inside a makeshift ‘shower stall’, set up to protect patrons from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Tracie’s Place Restaurant and Karaoke in Hamilton, Ontario. (Picture credit: Reuters)

The change appears to be going over well with customers so far. On a recent Friday night, Tracie’s Place was at capacity.

“It’s a fun little quirk that’s added to the place,” said patron Michaela Hallok, 21. “(England) cares so much about the people that come to this bar that she wouldn’t risk putting anyone in danger.”

Canadian karaoke bar, Shower cabin, Canada, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Social media viral trending news, Indian Express news. Tracie England, performing inside the makeshift ‘shower stall’, set up to protect patrons from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Tracie’s Place Restaurant and Karaoke in Hamilton, Ontario. (Picture credit: Reuters)

Ontario, along with much of Canada, has seen cases spiking in recent weeks. The province reported 566 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, according to the provincial government.

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