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COVID CLOSURE: Vegas clubs suspended for violating COVID-19 directives prior to Super Bowl

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Spearmint Rhino is located in Las Vegas near Desert Inn Road and Highland Avenue.
Spearmint Rhino is located in Las Vegas near Desert Inn Road and Highland Avenue.
Spearmint Rhino is located in Las Vegas near Desert Inn Road and Highland Avenue.
Larry Flynt's Hustler club is a world-famous establishment located near the Las Vegas Strip off Dean Martin Drive and Russell Road.
Larry Flynt's Hustler club is a world-famous establishment located near the Las Vegas Strip off Dean Martin Drive and Russell Road.
Minks is a club operated in Las Vegas near Russel Road and Boulder Highway
Minks is a club operated in Las Vegas near Russel Road and Boulder Highway
Posted at 10:51 AM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 13:36:04-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV)  — Las Vegas-area businesses were visited by Clark County licensing enforcement agents prior to Super Bowl Sunday and three were reportedly given violations.

Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club, Spearmint Rhino and Minks Las Vegas were all given a 36-hour emergency suspension for violations of Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak's COVID-19 directives during a routine monitoring inspection.

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"We misunderstood a couple of the guidelines and we made corrective action to fix those," said Ralph James, general manager of Larry Flynt's Hustler Club.

James says since strip clubs and other sex-industry related businesses are expressly prohibited from opening, they are operating as a different type of business.

"There are really no guidelines for clubs, at this point, we've heard of, it's mostly bar and restaurant guidelines, so we've been following the bar and tavern guidelines as far as safety protocols," added James.

The club says they take the safety of their customers, staff and entertainers extremely seriously and are doubling down on the safety measures after the inspection-related closure.

"The big change is the entertainers will have tops on now," said James.

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Agents visited Minks and Larry Flynt's Hustler Club on Feb. 5. Spearmint Rhino was visited on Feb. 6, according to Clark County.

The county says the emergency suspension has since expired for Minks and Larry Flynt's Hustler Club.