West Hollywood’s Revolver Video Bar has joined Stache WeHo and a growing list of gay bars in the Greater Los Angeles area that are closing temporarily in response to the recent COVID-19 Omicron surge. According to sources, nightlife employees like go-go dancers, drag queens and bartenders are testing positive for Omicron.
“Dear Revolver friends and family,” reads a post on the video bar’s social media platforms. “Out of an abundance of caution and consideration of the rise of COVID-19 cases in our community, we have decided to take a short pause from regular business hours and operations to ensure the safety of our staff and patrons. We will close temporarily beginning Friday 12/24/21.
We truly appreciate your patronage and support and wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend. Barring any escalation in cases, we look forward to seeing you next Varsity Wednesday and celebrating NYE with you all next Friday!”
Other bars like Precinct DTL announced it was closing for a few days to allow staff to get tested and to get boosted with the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Due to the recent increase of COVID-19 cases nationwide, we have closed for a few days,” states a Precinct DTL post. “Check our website or social for announcements of our return date. We are using the time off to get our staff PCR tested before returning to work to keep our community, family, and team safe this holiday season.”
Precinct announced that “Omicron came in hard,” and many of the bar’s nightlife friends will have to stay home until cleared. The nightclub decided to stay closed unit New Year’s Eve.
“HOLIDAY UPDATE: As you know, we closed for a few days so our staff and nightlife partners could get tested and boosted in light of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases nationwide. Unfortunately, Omicron came in hard, and many of our nightlife friends will have to stay home until cleared. The good news is we are all vaccinated, and no one is seriously sick. The bad news, we must remain closed for a little longer. The new reopening date as of now is Thursday, December 30th for VPL. We wish everybody a safe and Happy Holiday. We appreciate your support as we continue to navigate these difficult times. Please get tested, vaxxed, boosted, and stay masked. We look forward to celebrating the New Year together, and when you come out, take an at-home test first and only do what is comfortable for you. Stay safe.”
There is Redline in Downtown L.A. which also announced that it too will close until NYE.
“Due to the recent Covid outbreak in the nightlife community , we will be closed until Dec 31st NYE,” reads a post on their Instagram account. “We would like to give our staff and guest time to get Tested , spend time with loved ones and retested before opening on Dec 31st. Stay Safe, Love you all ❤️”
Then there is Bullet Bar which taking precautions by cancelling events due to the Omicron surge, but it has not decided to close yet.
“Out of abundance of safety for my staff and customers i have decide to cancel all events for the Bullet until New Years Day at which time I will reevaluate the situation,” reads a statement from Michael Lara the owner of Bullet Bar in North Hollywood. “As of now the Bullet will stay open but that can change at a moments notice.. Please Stay Safe.”
Los Angeles County Public Health confirmed 8,633 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, a big jump from Wednesday, December 22, 2021, in which LA County Public Health confirmed 6,509 new cases, 162 additional Omicron cases, and 16 additional deaths from COVID-19. The County test positivity rate has now risen to 6.6 percent; one week ago, the test positivity rate was 1.9 percent. The number of cases reported yesterday represents nearly triple the reported case count just two days ago on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, when the case count was 3,052.
According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health:
- Boosters help restore high levels of COVID-19 protection, similar to the levels offered two weeks after the second dose of the vaccine. According to LA County Public Health data, between December 5 and December 11, fully vaccinated people with boosters were 20 times more protected from infection versus only 4 times more protected for fully vaccinated without boosters, as compared to unvaccinated people.
- Testing is also critically important since it helps identify potential sources of transmission before they come into contact with high-risk individuals.
- Masks are also very important as they provide a good physical barrier against the virus, and help prevent people from both getting infected, and from inadvertently spreading infection. Given that Omicron is spreading quickly, it’s also best to consider upgrading to a medical-grade, surgical, or KN95 mask when in close contact with others.
Vaccines are available for everyone age 5 and over. In addition, the CDC is strengthening its booster recommendations and is encouraging everyone 16 and older to get boosted. Data continues to affirm that, for the general population, fully vaccinated people are well protected from severe infections with both the Omicron and Delta variants. While there is evidence that a small number of fully vaccinated individuals can become infected and contribute to community spread, most new cases and hospitalizations are those who remain unvaccinated. For up-to-date details, including links to book an appointment if you are in a group being actively vaccinated, please visit www.VaccinateLACounty.com. For people without access to a computer or the Internet, or people with disabilities, an LA County call center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. to help schedule appointments at (833) 540-0473.