NYC’s Lucky 13 Saloon shuttering due to Mayor’s orders (updated)

UPDATE: Lucky 13 Saloon have shared the following message:

It is with extremely heavy heart that we must announce we are being forced to close our doors indefinitely at 8pm tonight. We are open RIGHT NOW with @bigplasticrobot behind the bar until then if you’d like to stop by and support. I will also be posting links to all your favourite bartenders and dancers Venmo accounts in the coming days in case any of you who are still able to work would like to send tips to help out because this is going to hit us all very hard. Stay tuned for that and any other news about us in the coming days. Thank you as always for all your support, then and especially now.

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On Sunday night, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an executive order (going into effect on 3/17 at 9am) limiting restaurants, bars and cafes to food-take out and deliveries only due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Though an official statement has not been released, “Queen Bee” and head bartender at Brooklyn metal bar and concert venue Lucky 13 Saloon, Melody Isis Henry, has confirmed that the space will be closing. She notes, “we have kept open 365 days a year since 2003.”

Here’s De Blasio’s full statement:

Our lives are all changing in ways that were unimaginable just a week ago. We are taking a series of actions that we never would have taken otherwise in an effort to save the lives of loved ones and our neighbors. Now it is time to take yet another drastic step. The virus can spread rapidly through the close interactions New Yorkers have in restaurants, bars and places where we sit close together. We have to break that cycle.

Tomorrow, I will sign an Executive Order limiting restaurants, bars and cafes to food take-out and delivery. Nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses, and concert venues must all close. The order will go into effect Tuesday, March 17 at 9:00 AM.

This is not a decision I make lightly. These places are part of the heart and soul of our city. They are part of what it means to be a New Yorker. But our city is facing an unprecedented threat, and we must respond with a wartime mentality.

We will come through this, but until we do, we must make whatever sacrifices necessary to help our fellow New Yorkers.

Duff’s Brooklyn have also announced their closure (for at least 2 to 8 weeks).

This past Thursday, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo banned gatherings in NY with 500 people or more.

Live Nation have also paused their arena tours, and a great amount of other tours and shows across the globe have been either postponed or cancelled.

NYC schools will also close.

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