COVID-19 could kill London’s last strip clubs

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“It’s possible, but we have to take into consideration if they are operating or actively looking for another location,” he said. “It all depends on them.”

Golddiggers attempted to move from its digs east to a trading plaza at 802 Exeter Rd. Two years ago, but city politicians opposed the move.

None of the owners of the three London strip clubs responded to a request for comment.

The Beef Baron erected an outdoor sign aimed at the province to give it less than a day’s notice to shut down and put people out of work.

The future of strip clubs looks bleak in an era of social distancing when bars and nightclubs have been designated as high-risk places for the spread of COVID-19.

Unlike many restaurants and bars that drew patios to patios during the summer, strip clubs struggled to attract patrons to outdoor spaces after closing in mid-March. The Beef Baron set up a patio behind construction fencing in his parking lot, but dancers were not allowed to perform outside.

Strip clubs welcomed customers again in August when Ontario entered Stage 3, allowing bars and nightclubs to reopen with enhanced safety precautions, such as physical distancing and mandatory masks for staff.

Soon after, hundreds of patrons at Toronto’s Brass Rail Tavern were urged to get tested after an employee contracted COVID-19, but public health officials were only able to reach them. a third because many had given false contact tracing information.

The director of the London Abused Women’s Center (LAWC) said she would like to see fewer strip clubs in the city.

” My experience . . . has shown that strip clubs exploit women, ”said CEO Megan Walker.

“What we’ve seen in this community is a natural reduction in strip clubs because there isn’t that much business. . . . Their clientele has been considerably reduced in recent years. ”

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