Nightclub in Covid-19 hotspot holds ‘fun’ rave with unmasked revellers packed in
A nightclub in a coronavirus hotspot hosted a packed rave with revellers rammed together – most of them without face masks.
Gilt Nightclub in Orlando Florida, held a huge crowd on Saturday, with bass music blasting and people dancing closer than the six feet distance scientists have said people should follow to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
Prominent DJ Ghastly performed on the night, with videos on social media showing crowds were crammed together, most not wearing masks or pushing them down to sip from drinks.
The venue advertised the night with limited capacity, temperature checks upon entry, social distancing encouraged and masks being required.
Franky Martinez was visiting Orlando for the weekend and told the Metro that the show "was fun", but admitted there was a risk factor in hosting an event like this during a world pandemic.
He said: "It was definitely crowded.
"I can understand some people still feel iffy, but I'm healthy and live alone. Someone not like me shouldn't be going to crowded places."
He says his temperature was checked at the door and most of the staff were wearing face coverings, but not everyone was wearing one.
"Some people did have it off," he said.
"obviously when you're drinking too."
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Martinez does believe in the science of social distancing and wearing face coverings, but also said it's a tricky tightrope to walk when it comes to venues and artists surviving.
He said: "Just because he's a famous DJ doesn't mean he isn't struggling.
"What if the venue didn't open and host the event? They're still losing money and might close."
Even after attending the event, he urged people to take coronavirus seriously and said his mother came down with the virus a few months ago.
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"She did well without having to go to the hospital, thank God," he added.
"It's definitely real and scary, but it's tough for everyone to stay inside for so long and do nothing."
He also claimed he has taken two Covid tests since the night and is showing no signs of symptoms.
The nightclub hosted a show in June during the height of the pandemic which saw three employees test positive for Covid-19.
The venue continues to list events on their social media due to Florida having fewer restrictions with businesses than most states in America.
They are not breaking any state laws, with Florida Governor Ron Desantis announcing the end of social distancing rules and capacity requirements last month.
Gilt nightclub was approached for comment.
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