Downtown nightclub stirs up controversy, shirks social distancing guidelines

Wheelhouse is under fire for their Instagram Story featuring a crowded dance floor

The Dave Glover Show
July 27, 2020 - 2:08 pm

Is it a cancellation if you posted the footage yourself? Wheelhouse is a popular bar, restaurant, and nightclub in downtown St. Louis. This weekend, local social media caught fire when the establishment's public Instagram story began making the rounds.

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Some employees were wearing masks in the videos, but it appears that there was no attempt to get customers to wear masks or social distance. 

Gerard Craft weighed in:

As did St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson:

Last month, Wheelhouse made the decision to close down for two weeks due to COVID-19 concerns, releasing this statement on Instagram:

This is a marathon, not a sprint for us. We have been here 7 years and built our 3 locally owned and operated small businesses from the ground up, with an ownership and management team that truly cares about our staff, customers, St. Louis and the future success of these businesses for the 3 mentioned.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ We can’t ensure the safety of our staff and customers right now which means we can’t succeed right now. We can’t enjoyably operate in the current environment. Yes, we can be busy and we thank our amazing customers and staff for that but we can’t operate stress free and enjoy what we’re doing. This is our wheelhouse, it’s truly what we love to do and want to do and we can’t enjoy it right now.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ We don’t have to close, we don’t want to close but it’s the decision we’ve made in the best interest of our staff, customers and businesses. We will reopen when we think the time is right, hopefully sooner than later, in a couple of weeks for some Blues Playoffs and Cardinals Baseball. Until then, THANK YOU and We Love You STL.

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