We knew that many things would change post-lockdown. From the ‘death’ of the buffet breakfast to the end of the casual handshake, so many things won’t be the same for a long time.
But you may not have considered how certain industries might have found their own ‘new normal’; like strip clubs.
Where close contact is impossible and many people feel uncomfortable being indoors in group settings, owners have had to come up with new solutions to entertain customers and keep their staff in business.
The Vivid Gentleman’s Club in Houston, Texas, has done just that, with the drive-thru club they’ve recently opened that’s the first of it’s kind in the state.
Punters drive int a white tent and are separated from the dancers with steel barricades. At either side they’ll see their favourite performers dancing, and they’ll have a two song limit before they have to move on.
Dancers can choose whether or not to wear masks, but they’re far enough from the cars that it shouldn’t make too much difference.
Drivers leave their tips on the pavement for the staff to pick up as they move on.
Food can also be ordered as customers watch the show, but unfortunately, because the venue still counts as a bar rather than a restaurant they’re not allowed to open fully – which is where this workaround comes in.
General manager Gino DiLollo told the Houston Chronicle that they aren’t making big money in the current setup, but thought they’d look to other strip clubs in different states’ plans (there’s another drive-thru club in Oregon) and learn from them to keep their staff employed.
He said: ‘Here’s the thing, I think we’re essential to the people we employ here to support their kids and whatnot.
‘They rely on us; this is how they make a living. I do think we’re essential.’
Performer Jada added: ‘I definitely think it’s essential. Everybody needs entertainment, everybody needs their hair done, everyone needs something. And I feel like this is where that comes into play. And we’re doing a good job of keeping it within the limits of what we can do.’
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