We disinfect everything’: Amsterdam’s red-light district re-opens

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Amsterdam’s red-light district re-opened on Wednesday, July 1 after being closed for greater than three months throughout the Covid-19 lockdown, although intercourse staff have been suggested to keep away from kissing and comply with strict hygiene measures to  scale back the chance of spreading the virus.

Industry our bodies have compiled a listing of suggestions to assist maintain staff and shoppers protected, together with sexual positions and practices to keep away from.

“We advise to avoid being too close to each other’s face, feeling each other’s breath. The intention is to not breathe out into each other’s face,” Debbie Mensink, a public well being advisor in Amsterdam, informed Reuters.

“In addition, we advise to not kiss, as a result of this suggests saliva change. The virus could be within the saliva and thus transmitted.”

But while other workers such as hairdressers and masseurs are required to wear masks they will not be obligatory for sex workers.

“After the customer leaves the room, we’re going to disinfect everything he might have touched, bed, sink, the toilet if he used the toilet, the doorknobs, everything,” sex worker Felicia Anna told AFP.

The Netherlands ordered all brothels closed in mid-March. For most sex workers it meant the loss of their main source of income, with many having little access to state support during lockdown.

The government had planned to keep brothels closed until September, but brought the date forward after Covid-19 circumstances dropped.

“During the lockdown, a lot of sex workers ran into financial trouble so we’re very happy that we can finally start our job again,” stated Felicia Anna.

“A lot of customers are also tourists and at the moment we don’t have a lot of tourists because there are a lot of countries that still have a travel ban. Hopefully it’s still going to be good for everybody, for every worker. I did ask some of my colleagues and so far they said that the work is quite ok.”