Judge Rejects Commack Strip Club on Coronavirus Shutdown

A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit filed by a Commack strip club that said that economic shutdown policies because of the Covid-19 epidemic had harmed his business.

Sean McCarthy, owner of Blush Gentleman’s Club, complained that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the federal government had violated his Constitutional rights and had had “catastrophic” impact on his business.

Plaintiffs filed for a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction on May 26, 2020. The motion sought to enjoin enforcement of several of Cuomo’s coronavirus-related executive orders; allowing plaintiffs to open their business immediately, enjoining federal defendants from enforcing certain criteria currently required by the Paycheck Protection Program.

But Judge Allyne Ross, refused the injunction, finding that the club was misinterpreting the federal and state laws.

Like other businesses, the club was shut down in March in an attempt to stem the spread of Covid-19. 


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