Drive-In Raves and Dancing Bans: Bars and Clubs Struggle With Social Distancing

Bars and clubs, designed for patrons to socialize, are grappling with how to reopen in an era of social distancing.

As coronavirus lockdowns ease, venues that rely on having crowds of drinkers interacting with each other, often in confined spaces and with fewer inhibitions, are rethinking their spaces and changing how they do business, or deciding to stay shut.

“It is hard for these venues to open up, especially night clubs where the number one product is alcohol, and to have social distancing guidelines where you have to be six to 10 feet apart,” said Juan Carlos Diaz, president of the American Nightlife Association, a trade body. “It looks barren when you open the doors, what kind of atmosphere do you have?”

Bars and clubs, designed for patrons to socialize, are grappling with how to reopen in an era of social distancing.

As coronavirus lockdowns ease, venues that rely on having crowds of drinkers interacting with each other, often in confined spaces and with fewer inhibitions, are rethinking their spaces and changing how they do business, or deciding to stay shut.

“It is hard for these venues to open up, especially night clubs where the number one product is alcohol, and to have social distancing guidelines where you have to be six to 10 feet apart,” said Juan Carlos Diaz, president of the American Nightlife Association, a trade body. “It looks barren when you open the doors, what kind of atmosphere do you have?”

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Source: Wall Street Journal