Bar owner cited for violating mayor’s COVID-19 order with Drag Queen event

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Even drag queens are starting to have their style cramped by coronavirus quarantines – or in this case, an order from the mayor of Tulsa, Okla.

Last week, Mayor G.T. Bynum issued an order prohibiting gatherings of 10 people or more.

The Tulsa World reported that at 10 p.m. on March 28 Tulsa police were called to a drag queen party at the White Crow Bar on Memorial Drive. The party was being streamed live on Facebook, police said in a news release.

“When officers arrived they found the doors locked, cars parked out front, and loud music from inside the bar. No one opened up when officers knocked but the music was turned down.

“Officers backed off and watched. A few minutes later the door opened. Drag queens came out quick stepping to their cars. Inside the bar officers found approximately 10 people. Officers also found evidence that drinks were being served at the party. Officers estimated attendance at 15- 20 persons including the drag queens,” the release said.

The owner of the bar stated that because it was on Facebook she thought it was lawful. She also claimed to have gotten permission from someone at City Hall. She was cited for obstruction of a civil defense order and a court appearance was scheduled.


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