A group of New York City exotic dancing clubs has sued New York state, saying it's not fair they're being kept closed when everything from axe-throwing venues to bars with live music and casinos can open up. The lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court claimed that thousands of employees are forced out of work by the state's ban because of the coronavirus.
Grammy Award-winning rapper Cardi B pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges relating to an alleged fight at a New York City strip club last year. The year-old performer entered the plea in an appearance at New York Supreme Court in the borough of Queens. She was indicted by a grand jury on felony charges earlier this month along with two other people in her entourage.
Defendants included Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state's liquor licensing authority.
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.
Strip clubs sue new york over shutdown
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. Shows Good Morning America.
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