Atlanta nightclub Heretic will close until further notice following the spread of COVID-19 at a party there earlier this month.
Heretic was the venue for a circuit party on June 20 hosted by DJ Dan Slater. The management of Heretic have acknowledged only two confirmed coronavirus diagnoses, but Advocate reports that scores of patrons became sick after the party.
Video of the party went viral and shows dozens of shirtless, maskless men dancing close together.
Despite the online backlash over the recklessness, at first Heretic’s general manager, Alan Collins, said the club would continue to operate and host events, even providing masks for visitors. But Collins has released a statement via Facebook backpedaling that assertion; instead, he announced the club will shutter.
“Out of an abundance of caution we have decided to postpone all scheduled events until further notice so we can continue to gather more information and adjust our operation accordingly. Full refunds will be issued to those guests who have purchased tickets.
The safest mode of operating means maintaining balance and doing the right thing in constantly changing conditions and new information.
We are committed to doing the right thing and are looking at putting together events over the next few months that will make social distancing easier to maintain.
Stay Safe and WEAR YOUR DAMN MASKS!!”
The state of Georgia has come under fire for beginning reopening procedures in late April against the recommendations of public health officials.
Cases have skyrocketed in Georiga since late April with more than 79,000 infected people in the state and close to 3,000 deaths.
If you were at Heretic Atlanta this weekend you should get tested. pic.twitter.com/SXif90Cxaw— Nathan (@SinisterThings) June 25, 2020