BALTIMORE (WJZ) – After Baltimore City reached an agreement with strip clubs on Wednesday, adult entertainment was allowed to reopen on Friday afternoon.
The change took effect on Friday at 3 p.m. Under the recent order from Mayor Brandon Scott, entertainment venues, including adult entertainment, comedy clubs, and nightclubs, may allow live performances, but performers must wear masks and comply with social distancing rules at all times.
This comes days after the owner of a Baltimore strip club sued the city over COVID-19 Regulations he said are unfairly targeting adult entertainment venues. The The association and the city reached an agreement so that they can open again.
Andrew Alley of the Penthouse Club said his First Amendment rights have been violated as other indoor entertainment venues such as bowling alleys and ice rinks have reopened.
“We’re glad we came to this meeting of the spirits, but they marginalized us,” said Alley.
In a press release, the club said it is “excited to resume live entertainment and excited that its employees can get back to work.
“We’re a microcosm of the city – single mothers, students, heads of household,” said Alley.
Minutes after reopening, the club sent an email saying they “fought hard to bring you the show you have been missing for months!”
In neighboring Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties, adult entertainment was at 50% capacity.
Alley said this is evidence that these clubs can safely open.
See below: Mayor Scott’s full press conference: