While the non-essential businesses all over the world are put on hold, their owners are trying to find loopholes that could help them re-open. A strip club from the American city of Houston, Texas has attempted to do exactly that.
Club Onyx has declared that it would operate again on May 1st, the day when local venues registered as restaurants and stores we’re allowed to open at 25 percent capacity. The customers were allowed in at 12:01 am. Pretty soon the club was raided by police.
The authorities entered The Onyx and shut down the music, which resulted in a lengthy non-violent standoff with the owner, Eric Langan.
“We have a full-service restaurant,” Langan said, as quoted by Chron. “Everybody in there is ordering food. You have to order food to come in, that’s part of the deal. Yes, we have strippers here. That’s entertainment.”
He eventually had to comply after the police threatened to arrest him on a class B misdemeanor for violating the state order.
But Langan apparently says that he has to open the club again next Friday. He claims that his paid employees and contracted entertainers faced difficulties while trying to get unemployment benefits, reports Chron:
“We’re ready to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem. We’re trying to get the economy going again. That’s what the governor said, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”