DRAIN, Ore. – The controversial Douglas County strip club has reopened after their liquor license was suspended for violating social distancing and mask wearing guidelines.
General manager Rik Marin said they shut down the club in November after the Oregon Liquor Control Commission put them on a 50-day suspension.
The club three weeks ago with changes to keep their customers safe. He said they’ve rearranged the club for social distancing and they’re providing masks at the front door.
“The hardest part is controlling the bar,” said Marin. “When too many people get to the bar at the same time and want a drink, that’s what we’re working on right now.”
They’ve also assigned staff to monitor customers.
“I have a guy just walking around just floating in there,” said Marin. “If they get up, we make sure their mask is on.”
However, some people told KEZI 9 News that they’re not happy the club has reopened.
Ray Perry, the pastor of Gateway Family Fellowship right next door said they’ve had issues with the club since the beginning. He said it’s only getting worse.
“Loud music to all hours of the night, the trash is accumulating everywhere,” he said.
Perry said he doesn’t think the club will enforce COVID-19 protocols moving forward, based on their track record.
“Only time will tell,” he said. “If their true to their past, they’ll end up in the same boat they were in.”
However, Marin said it’s crucial they follow the protocols this time around. He said the last suspension was their second strike with OLCC. If they get caught again, he said they will pull their liquor license for good.
“The girls make money dancing on the stage, we make money obviously selling alcohol,” said Marin.
Since Douglas County is still in the high risk category, the club can stay open until 11 p.m.