Swingers Party Organiser Feels Awful After Dozens Test Positive For Coronavirus
Given the current coronavirus situation in the US, you'd think it would be wise to avoid any packed events over there, let alone writhe around with hundreds of naked strangers in one of the country's biggest Covid hotspots.
But that's exactly what 250 people did last month at the annual Naughty in N'awlins swingers gathering in New Orleans - and 41 of those attendees have since tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to the event organiser Bob Hannaford, one of the attendees was hospitalised as a result of the virus but has now been discharged.
Most of the cases were asymptomatic or very mild, he said.
"If I could go back in time, I would not produce this event again," he wrote on Friday in a blog post about the event. "I wouldn't do it again if I knew then what I know now. It weighs on me and it will continue to weigh on me until everyone is 100 percent better."
Hannaford wrote that he debated for months over whether to hold the event, which typically attracts more than 2,000 guests per year, but saw just 250 amid the pandemic this year.
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He added that the event implemented Covid-safe practices, including wearing masks at events, social distancing, keeping contact diaries, and testing attendees for the virus or antibodies before the gathering.
"We went to extraordinary measures for check-in and instituted a touchless process with required temperature checks, social distancing in line, and sanitising upon check-in," he said.
"We issued wristbands in one colour to indicate who had antibodies and therefore was not contagious. We issued a second colour to those that showed us a very recent negative Covid-19 test.
"The wristbands even had each person's date of their test circled."
Hannaford went on to describe the detrimental financial effect of the pandemic on adult sex clubs, saying: "There are many clubs out there that will not last long enough to see 2021."
He added that he wanted to have an open discussion about the risks of holding such events 'so we can all make informed decisions' during the Covid pandemic. The state of Louisiana has seen a whopping 237,740 positive Covid cases in the state alone, with 6,455 deaths as a result of the virus.
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