Cat’s Meow karaoke bar on Fremont Street Experience files state lawsuit demanding it reopen
Cat’s Meow, the karaoke bar inside Neonopolis on Fremont Street Experience, filed a lawsuit in Nevada U.S. District Court against the state on Friday, alleging that state coronavirus pandemic orders for keeping nightclubs closed is unconstitutional.
The state shut down all non-essential businesses in March to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and nightclubs are still not allowed to reopen. KTNV Reports that Cat’s Meow says the closures discriminate against karaoke bars, but not karaoke venues, since the venue has obtained a nightclub license.
Cat’s Meow, which also has a location in New Orleans, has filed a lawsuit against Governor Steve Sisolak, the City of Las Vegas and the Nevada Attorney General’s Office and claims the order violates the First and Fourteenth amendments to the US Constitution.
The venue is calling for a temporary restraining order so it can reopen and offer live entertainment with COVID-19 restrictions such as 50% capacity, mandatory masks and social distancing in place.
Over the summer, the city of Las Vegas received 382 complaints about mask compliance from June 25 to July 15 and issued 25 notices to companies not complying with the ordinance, including Cat’s Meow, which received a civil penalty for non-compliance on July 10.
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