Adult Swinging Convention Meets in Louisiana Despite COVID-19 Spike

An adult swinging convention is meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana's biggest city. At the convention, hundreds of adults are meeting in-person at various events and venues even though the state has experienced a significant increase in COVID-19 infections.

The "Naughty in Nawlins" convention, which runs from last Wednesday to this Sunday, convenes at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, with roughly 300 people meeting at events including "Naughty Piano Bar," "Erotic Balls" and a "Tantra Learning Center," according to the event's website.

The convention will also feature a 70-person pool with no face masks or social distancing required, an adult play area where couples can engage in erotic or sexual play with others and a "Sexual Freedom Parade" in the city's streets.

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An adult swingers event in New Orleans, Louisiana will meet this week despite a spike in COVID-19 cases in the state. In this June 11, 1999 image from the Erotica L.A. convention, in Los Angeles, Priscilla (L) and Mistress Lee whip Chris Devicarlis as he volunteers for a demonstration in sadomasochism. David McNew/Getty

The event is taking place as both Orleans Parish and the state are experiencing upticks in COVID-19 cases. On Thursday, the state reported its second-highest-ever daily toll of newly diagnoses cases, with 3,829 reported.

Among the state's eight parishes, Orleans Parish ranked third as of November 13 among those with the highest overall number of COVID-19 cases. Orleans Parish has reported 14,124 cases and 605 related deaths.

In a November 2 article posted on the event's website, its organizers stated that they limited ticket sales to 300 people—fewer than previous years—and that the event will require all attendees to undergo temperature checks upon check-in. Anyone with an elevated temperature will have to undergo a COVID-19 test before being allowed to participate.

The convention's venues will have hand sanitation stations, the event organizers say. The organizers are also encouraging attendees to get a COVID-19 test before attending and to keep a COVID diary to help with contact tracing efforts in case anyone finds they've contracted the virus after the event.

"Others think we should wait longer," the organizers wrote. "You, our clients, did not want to delay further. You told us that you were willing to take precautions but wanted to manage your own risks."

"We are not promoting a safe experience," their article continues. "We are promoting a safer experience." The organizers wrote that they hope their decision to reduce the number of attendees will mean "that the connections will be better, more personal and more meaningful than ever before."

This week, New Orleans moved into phase 3.3 of its reopening plan which includes increased gathering sizes and indoor seating for bars, according to WDSU. However, even these relaxed measures still require social distancing and the use of face masks.

Newsweek contacted Naughty in Nawlins for comment.