Who didn't see this coming? Heretic Atlanta, a gay club in The A, is postponing scheduled events after two patrons tested positive for coronavirus following a June 20 dance party, the general manager announced in a Facebook post.
Social media posts had been circulating last week that patrons who attended the event featuring DJ Dan Slater contracted COVID-19. On Saturday, Heretic general manager Alan Collins said two people who attended the event told him they tested positive for the virus.
Collins made the decision to postpone events until further notice so the club can gather more information and adjust their operations. Patrons who purchased tickets to upcoming events will receive refunds.
“This is, frankly, a very confusing and difficult time for nightlife — for customers and business owners alike,” Collins said in the lengthy Facebook post. “There is a stark contrast in the guidelines coming from the state versus the advice coming from the health community. Some people feel every non-essential business should close, and some think personal responsibility is key, meaning people should be able to decide for themselves. We believe it’s both and want to do our part. Our responsibility is to our staff and our customers.”
Heretic’s announcement comes just as Georgia reported 2,225 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, a new record since the start of the pandemic, according to the Department of Public Health.
Collins said the nightclub is committed to hosting events over the next few months that will make social distancing easier to maintain and urged patrons to support other gay-friendly establishments such as the Atlanta Eagle.
“Please have patience with us as we navigate this unprecedented situation, and we look forward to seeing you soon,” he said.