The paper reports that strip clubs across the city have been packed this week after Cuomo's announcement that he was lifting COVID restrictions in commercial and social settings. The Post even sent out a reporter, who confirmed that all three locations of the club Sapphire were "packed" as the clubs returned to full capacity for the first time in more than a year. It's a triumph for the NYC clubs, many of which opted to file a joint lawsuit against Gov. Cuomo and the state's liquor authority for ordering them to stay closed while bars started to reopen.
"We were busy!," chief operating operator Michael Wright tells Page Six, explaining that the pandemic was "extremely challenging."
But with mandates dropped, "It means it's business back to normal," Wright tells us. "People want contact and to be out of isolation and enjoy and smile and have human contact. I think people are ready to party. The city is ready to party."
It's not that clubs weren't open during the pandemic - they were. But most were limited to restaurant stye seating though more recently dancers started performing on stage at a 12-foot distance. Still, with no "tableside" dancing allowed, clubs were effectively stymied.
Managers are looking forward to welcoming back dancers whom they laid off more than a year ago. Many are eager to get back to work, and collect patrons hard earned money (or government checks, or winnings from AMC or crypto).