The Abbey Closes Temporarily Due To New Quarantine Guidelines

(Photo: David Cooley)

A surge in cases of the pandemic is causing Los Angeles County to enact a new set of lockdowns and quarantine guidelines that include limiting hours people are allowed to gather, as well as closing outdoor restaurant dining. These new guidelines have hit small businesses especially hard, and legendary gay bar The Abbey is unfortunately, not exempt, reports The Advocate.

Owner David Cooley posted on Facebook that these new curfews and closures will result in The Abbey having to lay off it’s entire staff for the holiday season. Right now, he says, the closure is for three weeks, but he expects to extend it through the end of the year.

Cooley wrote that he’s hopeful that this will only be at temporary closure, and encourages everyone to wear masks, practice social distancing, avoid gathering in groups, and wash their hands so that the bar can reopen as soon as possible.