Clermont Lounge closes after worker tests positive for COVID-19

Located in the basement of the Clermont Motor Hotel, Clermont Lounge is an Atlanta staple, drawing locals and A-listers alike.

Credit: ajc.com

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Just shy of a month after re-opening, the Clermont Lounge is closing because a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

The Clermont, with its one-of-a-kind adult entertainment experience, announced the closure on social media Tuesday and said its staff will be retested as soon as possible.

“We will reopen when we feel it is safe to do so. Thank you for your understanding,” the post read.

The Intown staple first closed because of the pandemic on March 18, about the time when Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms banned public gatherings and restaurant occupancy to no more than 50 people to slow the spread of COVID-19.


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The rules have been in constant flux since then, but Georgia compared to others nationwide was among the first to re-open its economy. Cases have been on the rise as of late.

The Clermont stayed closed until June 11. There were certain requirements as part of the June 11 re-opening, including: No parties of more than six people, mandatory temperature checks, only sitting customers will be served, six-feet social distancing, hand sanitation would be offered.

Other legendary establishments around town that also highlight birthday suits have been open with safety rules in place.

For Blondie, the 40th anniversary at Clermont Lounge on Sunday was more affirmation than celebration. She’s been the most popular entertainer at the Midtown landmark for decades. Now 62, Blondie has been blunted by health problems. Leg surgeries have slowed her dance skills; she suffered a minor stroke last year. Now she’s driven to serve as a spiritual guide for young dancers in need of a mentor.

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