The Checkmate tradition continues to persevere and move strongly forward even during these most challenging times. Checkmate is a staple of the New York City community for over 25 years.
Checkmate has lived through very turbulent times in New York City, including 9/11, Sandy, etc. In each instance, the Checkmate community went out of their way to ensure that they could assist in any manner to those that were in need. In fact, because Checkmate is extremely protective of its patrons with ensuring that its facility is “germ-free” with the highest standard of hygiene possible, we have been fortunate enough to be called on and be able to assist and provide advice to others who needed to have the valuable medical information that Checkmate continues to maintain and continuously update.
Even during these challenging times, Checkmate remains optimistic that the Checkmate community, along with all New Yorkers, will remain #NewYorkStrong, and we will get through this pandemic and see our way right back to where we once were. In fact, during this “downtime,” Checkmate has added some new surprises that will be evident to those that will enter Checkmate when the shelter-in rules have been officially lifted. Anyway, that is for another day. For now, Checkmate continues to actively monitor and be very engaged with the community, New York State, and, when available, the federal government, to ensure that it continues to keep abreast and up-to-date.
Cleanliness Continues to be Paramount
Fortunately, as the Checkmate community well knows, patrons who enter the club have always taken precautions on keeping a safe playing environment. There can be no substitute for our patrons being respectful to other patrons. However, what sets Checkmate apart from any other club of its nature in NYC or the USA, is Checkmate’s unwavering commitment to proper hygiene. So, as many of you continue to honor the “shelter-in” mandate respectfully, the Checkmate community has, and will continue to have, health and medical professionals review the Checkmate establishment to ensure that it is taking all up-to-date precautions. Checkmate continues to have a professional cleaning company come and disinfect the club every week, which it has done for years. However, we have also now, besides just utilizing our “in-house” cleaning crew, had expanded some to professional cleaning companies. Checkmate spares no expense when it comes to the club’s cleanliness and hygiene and will continue to do the same so that every one of our patrons may continue to experience the “velvet rope” of the lifestyle. Clean premises, beautiful upscale layout for swingers by swingers!
Our Enhanced Sanitization Practices
While we are planning on opening as soon as the government lifts all restrictions to clubs and bars, we will also be implementing new rules. Of course, while we will be more officially announcing each one of the new rules, we will continue to ensure that hand sanitizer stations sit upon every table, bed, sofa, i.e., within every 10 feet, you will find a sanitizing station. We are planning to open having NON-CONTACT TEMPERATURE CHECKS (forehead temperature checks) for employees and guests before entering the club. Patrons who decline will not be allowed to enter. We will also reduce our capacity to no more than 50 couples per night until things get back to normal. Checkmate will follow all the guidelines and will implement as many rules as possible to keep everyone safe and to keep the party going. Checkmate will continue to be a leader in the industry and an example for other responsible clubs and parties. We are “where the pretty people play,” and for that reason, we always want to keep everyone safe.
Checkmate is also preparing for the gradual return to “normalcy.”
Checkmate will be the first swingers’ club in the world to provide and require as part of our protocol an on-site “anonymous” 5-minute rapid test administered by a health professional before entering the club.
This will ensure that every couple, single woman, or staff member inside the club is COVID-19-negative.
We will require all employees to fill out health assessments or get tested for COVID-19 before they walk back into the Checkmate establishment. Under no circumstances will any employee put any patron at risk. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has said it’s legal for companies to ask employees if they have symptoms of COVID-19, such as a cough or shortness of breath, and take their temperature. Hence, we will be continually monitoring any employees. We will be requiring and mandating for everyone entering into the Checkmate establishment to follow appropriate protocol and know the importance of hand-washing, use of sanitizer, and no-touch receptacles for tissues.
Professional Health Protection Measures
However, as the premier club of the lifestyle, Checkmate will go far beyond what may be required. For instance, it is well known to health professionals that the best way to control a hazard is to systematically remove it from the establishment, rather than relying on workers to reduce their exposure. Therefore, we will be taking higher effective protection measures such as:
- Installing high-efficiency air filters
- Increasing ventilation rates
- Installing physical barriers in certain locations, such as clear plastic sneeze guards
- Reminding sick workers to stay at home
- Providing all patrons along with employees continuing up-to-date education and training on COVID-19 risk factors and protective behaviors (e.g., cough etiquette and care of PPE)
- Training all of the Checkmate staff to use protecting clothing and equipment, how to put it on, use/wear it, and take it off correctly, including in the context of their current and potential duties
- Administering an on-site 5-minute COVID-19 rapid test
Thank YOU, Our Community
To our patrons who are healthcare professionals (you know who you are, as you are some of the finest clients that we have), we applaud you for your sacrifice and compassion for others. You are true heroes and a model for us all. To those who are working at essential services in keeping New York up and running, a big thank you as we are all indebted to you. Each and every one of you, who are honoring the most important governor mandate to “shelter-in,” the teen social distancing, and wearing appropriate PPE, on behalf of all New Yorkers, a big thank you as you are each making a big difference for us all. Lastly, and once again, a big thank you to those in the Checkmate community who have directly sacrificed themselves and went into a battle zone to protect your fellow New Yorkers, we could not be prouder of you, and you are a role model for us all.
We look forward to seeing you all back soon. Remember, stay #NewYorkStrong. We at Checkmate will be back and stronger than ever! We will — all of us as a consolidated unit, persevere — and show that those engaged in the Checkmate lifestyle are the ones who are the cleanest and healthiest of us all. So, get ready for some fun, keep up the good spirit, and you will soon be entering Checkmate and living the dream watching or, if you prefer, engaging in where the “pretty people play.”