California restaurants hoping to reopen may just need to start hiring strippers to get back in business. A judge in San Diego County ruled on Wednesday that a pair of strip clubs in California can remain open and they can even set their own COVID-19 mitigation rules despite Gov. Gavin Newsom’s shutdown orders.
The ruling gives restaurant owners reason to be cautiously optimistic that opening indoor and outdoor dining may once again be allowed. Trying to figure out how the ruling affects them though has left many in the restaurant industry wondering if they need to add a side of strippers to their chicken strips.
Chad Cline, co-owner of the Waterfront Bar & Grill and other establishments in the area, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he is willing to do whatever it takes to reopen his restaurants. “It kind of says that restaurants can reopen,” Cline told the paper. “But the caveat there may be that someone has to be stripping, which seems so wild to me. If that’s what it takes for us to reopen our businesses—taking off our clothes—I’ll do it.”
In case you are wondering, strippers are still required to wear masks.
In his ruling, Judge Joel Wohlfeil noted that the two San Diego Clubs, Pacers International Showgirls and Cheetah’s Gentlemen’s Club had set their own safety measures calling for strippers to maintain 15 feet of social distance, continue to wear masks and only allow one stripper on the stage at a time. The judge did not disclose if he had done his own investigation into this case.
For now, strip clubs can remain open and the mask-wearing apparently hasn’t affected business, as most customers likely haven’t even noticed.