Strip clubs eager to reopen after weeks of shutdown

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HARLINGEN, Texas — Businesses throughout the Rio Grande Valley are gearing up to reopen this Friday.

Movie theaters, restaurants, and retail stores are a part of the first phase in the governor’s plan to jumpstart the economy.

If you were to drive around the valley you’ll see club parking lots are empty.

Strip clubs have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

We reached out to the owner of Queen B Gentlemen’s Club in Harlingen who tells us they don’t know when they’ll be able to open their doors.

The governor doesn’t specify which part of the phase clubs will be able to open.

Dancers are often close to customers, defying the social distancing rule.

We reached out to city leaders who say strip clubs fall under bars.

This means they won’t be cleared to open until mid-May.

The Queen B club owner tells us it would also be difficult to maintain operations at 25% capacity. 

Once clubs can open, they now are working to figure out how to implement better cleaning practices in the club.

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