Opening Friday afternoon is Filmores, a downtown Toronto strip club that has, for months, been banned from providing adult entertainment due to restrictions imposed by the Ontario government.
Kaspar Cameron, the company’s entertainment director, said the move to Stage 3 is welcome for the company and for the industry, arguing the industry has been discriminated against.
“That says everything. So many people are unemployed, scattered, I have so many artists who come from all over the world because Ontario has been one of the strictest provinces and we are always locked up, ”he told Global News Wednesday afternoon.
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As part of their preparations for reopening, all Filmores staff received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Cameron said guests will need to have at least one dose as dancers and staff will be wearing masks.
“We prefer to have a vaccination passport, but unfortunately this does not exist at the moment. So we will take all possible measures to ensure the safety of our dancers, our staff and our clients, and at the same time, we will do all that is possible – even beyond what the government asks us to do. do, ”he said.
“We didn’t have any hindsight. In fact, it was more of a request from the staff and the dancers. “Are we going to be fully vaccinated? Are people going to get vaccinated? ‘ It is their concern, not just ours.
Regarding the application of the policy, Cameron said it will be an honor system when clients are questioned because there is no other mechanism to verify.
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“With our due diligence, we also don’t want to discriminate against anyone else, but at the same time, we have to do the best, our dancers, our staff and our customers,” said he declared.
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« [A vaccine passport] makes it a lot easier on our side. We don’t want to infringe on anyone, but at the same time, we have to do what we think is best. “
To date, the governments of Ontario and Canada have not announced any firm plans for vaccine passports.
Allen Cooper, the owner of adult entertainment business Zanzibar Tavern in downtown Toronto, said he too was looking forward to Friday and noted that they will also have a similar policy for vaccinations.
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“It’s like we’re the last to open on earth and the first to close, so I think that’s great,” he told Global News when asked to move on. step 3.
“The perception of the industry was so bad last year and I think it was unfair, so we’re trying to improve that. And more importantly, the chances of catching COVID or getting really sick are much, much less if you are vaccinated, so we encourage people to be healthy. “
Cooper called on the Ontario government to provide clearer direction and public health advice for the reopening.
In June, Zanzibar Tavern, in partnership with Maggie’s Toronto, transformed the iconic establishment into a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
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While the decision to impose vaccination policies for on-site presence is not widely in place in Toronto, news of this development came a day after Seneca College confirmed it would require vaccinations for everyone. wishing to be on one of the college campuses, including students, staff, and contractors.
Meanwhile, as he and his staff count down to Friday, Cameron had a message for potential clients.
“Come on Friday, have fun and you’ll be safe,” he said.
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