Heretic's announcement comes just as Georgia reported 2,225 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, a new record since the start of the pandemic, according to the Department of Public Health. The state also reported more than 11,000 new cases of the coronavirus from June 21 to June 27, a new one-week record of confirmed cases.
The increased cases also coincide with the state easing restrictions, allowing nonessential businesses to reopen. Gov. Brian Kemp eased restriction for nightclubs, allowing them to reopen June 1 at 35% capacity and requiring them to meet 38 other guidelines. Texas and Florida closed their bars after seeing an uptick in coronavirus cases in their respective states.
Kemp doesn’t plan to impose new restrictions or require the use of masks to combat the spread of the coronavirus in Georgia, he said Friday at a media briefing.
Collins said the nightclub is committed to hosting events over the next few months that will make social distancing easier to maintain and urged patrons to support other gay-friendly establishments such as the Atlanta Eagle.
“Please have patience with us as we navigate this unprecedented situation, and we look forward to seeing you soon,” he said.
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