By Bryan Horwath contact. But since the club where she worked — Little Darlings — closed about a year ago, Sasha her stage name has been living off her savings, which are nearly gone, she said.
Sasha, who also had to quit taking classes at UNLV because of her financial situation, is hoping the club reopens soon so she can get back to work. While casinos and other businesses reopened after the March coronavirus shutdown with restrictions, strip clubs have struggled under state rules that prohibit its core attraction — nude or topless women and lap dances. Starting May 1, the state ban will be lifted, under a plan by Gov. Steve Sisolak to pass more control over reopening to counties.
Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the plan Tuesday. Monroe, a dancer at the Palomino Club in North Las Vegas, said she hoped the county eventually would drop the remaining restrictions on strip clubs.
Some strip clubs are open, operating mainly as bars and restaurants. Dancers can work onstage but must wear bikinis or pasties.
Customers and entertainers must also wear masks. Little Darlings, located just northwest of the Las Vegas Strip, has remained closed because its main attraction was totally nude dancers. Carlson estimated up to 2, adult entertainers in Las Vegas have been hurt by the pandemic and business restrictions.
Some have moved away, he said. Adam Gentile, owner of the Palomino Club, said he hoped local officials would start allowing nude dancers back onstage next month.
The of independently contracted dancers employed at the club has dropped from about before the pandemic to about 70 today. Before the pandemic, the Palomino Club was the rare Southern Nevada establishment that featured totally nude dancers while also serving alcohol.
The club reopened in June as a bikini bar, and dancers must, at a minimum, wear pasties on their breasts. A dancer who goes by the stage name of Raven started working at the Palomino a couple months ago and has heard from other dancers about the big money they made before the pandemic. Instead of offering personal lap dances — their biggest money-makers — dancers are limited to working for tips onstage.
Drive, George Wilson, the director of marketing, said the club had been hiring back more employees as capacity restrictions have been eased. At Las Vegas strip clubs, dancers hope to shed pasties as pandemic rules are eased.