“Masks On, Clothes Off” – First Strip Club In America Reopens
Tue, 05/19/2020 – 22:25
Dozens of states are already in the process of reopening their crashed economies. Now the first strip club in the country, located in Wyoming, has resumed pole dancing operations and threw a grand reopening party last Friday called “masks on, clothes off.”
“When they [state officials] reopened the restaurants and bars in Wyoming, we were super excited because it’s been very difficult for us,” Kim Chavez, the owner of “The Den,” told FOX31.
“It’s been horrible to go almost three months without any kind of income,” Chavez’s husband, Greg Chavez, said.
Wyoming has had one of the lowest confirmed cases and deaths of COVID-19 in the US. As of Tuesday morning, confirmed cases stood at 577 and deaths at 10. Such a low count prompted state officials to reopen bars and restaurants last Friday, which included The Den.
“It was pretty busy,” Greg said, referring to the reopening party. “People had money to spend, and people were out. I think they were excited to be feeling normal again.”
FOX31 said The Den is the first strip club in America to reopen in the post-corona world. People from surrounding states piled into the strip club for the reopening party.
“Last night was crazy. We had people from Omaha and Utah, Nebraska, South Dakota. They made the trip,” Kim said.
Strippers at The Den. h/t Travor Hughes/USA Today
While normal pole dancing operations have resumed, the reopening has ushered in new health protocols to keep staff and patrons safe as the risk of transmission is still elevated with the threat of a second coronavirus wave that could materialize later this year. Things inside the club looked different:
“We just need to practice social distancing. We need to make sure that our customers feel safe when they’re here. We need to protect our staff. And just make sure that we’re doing our best to keep everybody protected and safe,” Kim said.
All dancers and employees are required to wear masks inside the facility and regularly wash and sanitize hands. Strict social distancing guidelines have been set that includes no contact between dancer and patron.
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