Strip clubs can now receive emergency small business loans

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Originally excluded from the Small Business Association’s paycheck protection program, strip clubs are now eligible to receive emergency federal loans intended to help struggling small businesses amid coronavirus lockdowns.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman of Michigan on Monday ruled in favor of strip clubs receiving support, the New York Post reported. Leitman issued an injunction preventing the Small Business Association from excluding companies that sell products or produce shows of a “prudent sexual nature” from the paycheck protection program.

Leitman also ruled that other companies, including banks and private clubs, could not be excluded from the support program either.

“Put simply, Congress didn’t pick the winners and losers of the PPP,” Leitman wrote.

“It would generally be absurd to conclude that Congress intended to provide financial assistance, among other things, to certain sexually oriented businesses and private clubs that practice discrimination,” he added. “But these are no ordinary times, and PPP is no ordinary law.”

According to New York Posthowever, Leitman’s decision was subject to appeal.

The decision comes after struggling clubs across the country sued to allege the exclusion from the PPP was a violation of constitutional rights to freedom of expression.

Meanwhile, other strip clubs were forced to get creative to stay afloat and keep the dancers employed. Lucky Devil Lounge in Portland, Oregon first made headlines in March after launching a topless food delivery program in which dancers dressed in pastries delivered take-out food to customers’ doors. Recently the club has also started to host band shows driving where go-go dancers perform for patrons picking up take-out. Other strip clubs across the country have also started welcoming virtual shows and lap dances.

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