Strip clubs across the US closed earlier this year in the face of COVID social-distancing measures that precluded the up-close nature of the exotic dancing industry. But nearly four months since the launch of the loan initiative known as the Paycheck Protection Program PPP , it is still unclear whether the SBA can make it rain for them. Clubs sued, and two federal judges rebuked the SBA for excluding the establishments from receiving the forgivable loans meant to protect jobs amid the health crisis. For a government loan program that has been plagued by criticism — duplicate loans, borrowers without clear financial need , inconsistent data — the strip-club uncertainties are yet another example of confusion surrounding an initiative that pushed hundreds of billions of dollars out the door. Will the SBA allow clubs that have not won a court order to participate?
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Two strip clubs in California can remain open and set their own coronavirus mitigation rules amid Gov. In his preliminary injunction, San Diego Superior Court Judge Joel Wohlfeil said his ruling applies to "San Diego County businesses with restaurant services," such as the strip clubs, and it exempts them from shutdowns and "any related orders" that prohibit live adult entertainment and surpass protocols "that are no greater than essential" for controlling the spread of the virus. Strippers and strip club owners in San Diego are calling on city officials to lower their annual permit fees, claiming they are unjustified and much higher than in other cities. San Diego County supervisors said last week that they would appeal any extension of an exemption for strip clubs, which the judge had granted last month. County officials also said they were unclear about the meaning of the judge's Wednesday ruling but would halt enforcing mitigation rules against restaurants as well as the strip clubs, the Union-Tribune reported. Get all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inbox. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.
A dancer twists around a pole, kicking her heels and arching her back for the men who watch with bills crumpled in their hands. Other women, dressed in almost nothing, glide around the club, chatting with clients and grinding on them in front of mirror-lined walls. A rowdy bachelor party flings so much cash that one stripper has to retrieve a plastic shopping bag to scoop it all up. She high-fives each of her patrons as she dances off the stage.
A strip club is a venue where strippers provide adult entertainment , predominantly in the form of striptease or other erotic or exotic dances. Strip clubs typically adopt a nightclub or bar style, and can also adopt a theatre or cabaret -style. American-style strip clubs began to appear outside North America after World War II , arriving in Asia in the late s and Europe in ,  where they competed against the local English and French styles of striptease and erotic performances.