Defendants included Gov. It also was filed after similar clashes between establishments that allow nudity or dancing in other states.
In December, a judge in California let two San Diego strip clubs make their own determinations about providing a safe environment for dancers and patrons during the pandemic. The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, maintains that four strip clubs in Queens have been ready to open with COVID safety protocols since the early days of the pandemic.
They pledged to require masks and temperature checks for guests and employees, to keep everyone safely apart and to engage in frequent cleanings of all surfaces with ample supplies of disinfectant throughout the clubs. New York State formally outlawed the operation of strip clubs during the pandemic in early July despite allowing live music indoors, the lawsuit said.
It noted that other indoor establishments were also allowed to open at various times, including Saturday Night Live in October. In recent weeks, Cuomo has announced that large establishments like Madison Square Garden can open and movie theaters were permitted to reopen earlier this month, along with businesses with recreational activities including darts, racket games and axe throwing.
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