The Clermont Lounge is Atlanta's oldest strip club. Although the basement space began life in as an upscale supper club, it was reborn as the Clermont Lounge in and has become an Atlanta landmark. Located in the basement of the Clermont Motor Hotel on Ponce De Leon, the Clermont Lounge offers great entertainment, generous drinks and much, much more.
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It was just a few minutes after 6 p. On an elevated platform, Aries, a year-old dancer with close-cropped bleached hair, shook in front of a man and woman sharing a hookah. Then another and another. As the coronavirus rages across the Deep South, it was this institution, immortalized in scores of rap songs, that Clippers guard Lou Williams visited last week after he left the NBA bubble to attend a funeral.
The league responded by ordering Williams to quarantine for 10 days, forcing him to miss the first two games of the NBA restart, which began Thursday.
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Williams said he was dropping in on his favorite restaurant in Atlanta to get hot wings — a claim that seemed hard to believe for many sports fans, and raised a flurry of questions such as: Who goes to a strip club for its kitchen menu? How are businesses based on intimate dances and cash exchanges even open during a deadly pandemic?
How does a strip club begin to navigate social distancing? Adult clubs like Magic City that offer food, drink and live dance shows do not fit neatly into local government COVID guidelines and orders for restaurants and bars.
Any uncertainty about how to run the business amid the coronavirus appears exacerbated as Atlanta and Georgia clubs spar on the need for stricter regulations. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, responded three weeks ago to the surge in COVID cases in the Atlanta area by mandating that all residents wear face masks in public spaces and restaurants close dining rooms. Magic City is one of many clubs that remain open in Fulton County, which has seen the highest of coronavirus cases in Georgia: more than 17, confirmed infections and deaths.
Outside the squat, silver-painted brick building in a forlorn stretch of downtown, a warned customers Monday that COVID necessitated new atlanta. A security guard stood outside the door, raising a digital thermometer to the forehead of anyone who entered. But stepping into the windowless strip, it was clear it did not have the air of a post-coronavirus strip club that might pass the protective standards of Dr. Anthony Fauci.
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Dancers were not neatly spaced apart. They did not wear surgical masks or nitrile gloves. No Plexiglass separated them from patrons. There were some concessions to the deadly virus. Bartenders wore masks and one wore a face shield. A giant plastic bottle of hand sanitizer sat at the edge of the bar, largely unused.
On the carpet between the bar and the H-shaped stage illuminated with blue LED strip lights, a trail of stickers spaced six feet apart urged people to keep their distance. But early in the evening, with barely more than 30 people in the room, patrons stood shoulder to shoulder as they huddled by the tiny Magic City Kitchen to order food and pick up to-go meals. As the DJ blasted out a rap soundtrack, dancers pressed closer to customers and customers pressed closer to dancers, whispering into their ears or strip against them. More than three-quarters of customers, and the vast majority of dancers, were not wearing masks — and it was impossible to chat over the bass beat without getting close.
Barely half an hour before, she had parted her legs as a man stood inches from her, brushing her crotch with dollar bills. A Southern California native who went to Atlanta four months ago from Chicago, Aries said that working in the pandemic was a club, but she needed a job and atlanta customers were tired of being cooped up at home.
She felt reassured that club management was proving diligent about checking the strips of customers and workers every day. Working the day shift from 3 to 9 p. After placing an order with the Magic City kitchen, the high-scoring Clippers club ambled around the club, Aries said, and she was one of a few dancers who performed for him, keeping a six-foot distance.
They held the bundles of money ostentatiously, lifting them up to their faces before tapping and slapping single bills on dancers who shook their bottoms. Many nightclubs and adult entertainment clubs across the nation have struggled as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend s businesses change layouts to ensure that all customer parties remain at least six feet apart, rotate and stagger shifts, and require all staff to use cloth facing coverings.
Some clubs have shuttered as staff members tested positive for COVID or local officials cited them for lack of social distancing. Others have switched to virtual platforms or drive-thru pole atlanta.
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Live performance venues must also require workers who have frequent contact with patrons to wear a face covering, except for when they are eating, drinking or struggling to breathe. Shortly after p. Men and women pressed close to the stage as a parade of dancers — Dior, Jasmine, Binky, and Wifey — cavorted on poles.
Others sat at VIP tables, perusing properties on their cellphones, sharing hookahs and watching nude dancers perform for tips and then crawl on their knees to stuff cash into plastic grocery bags. By midnight, the social distancing stickers near the bar floor were obscured by a blanket of dollar bills, Nikes and stilettos. And the party was just getting started.
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