Here is how strip clubs are reopening in Toronto during Stage 3

Aug 6 2020, 10:19 am

Now that Toronto has entered Stage 3 of reopening, many establishments have begun opening their doors to the public. This includes dine-in bars, gyms, and strip clubs.

You can now visit some of the city’s adult entertainment clubs, but they’ll look a little different. Like everything else that has reopened, restrictions must be put in place to follow reopening guidelines and ensure the safety of staff and guests.

According to Chapter 545 of Toronto’s Municipal Code, requirements for private rooms, booths, and cubicles must be put into place. Entertainers are also not to have physical contact with other persons.

Operators must also ensure that customers are seated at all times, except when entering or exiting the area, travelling to and from the premises’ washroom, or paying. The number of customers at each establishment must also be limited to no more than 50 indoors. No more than 10 people are allowed to be seated at a table.

Guidelines also say that businesses must maintain a customer log that records customer information including, name, email address, and telephone number.

A COVID-19 screening protocol must also be established to be applied to each employee before they start a shift. It must consist of the Toronto Public Health screening questionnaire.

According to Ontario’s Stage 3 reopening framework, singing or music may be performed inside restaurants, bars, and nightclubs by a person or a group with restrictions including barriers between the performers and the patrons. Dancing is only permitted if performed by someone working at the establishment, with restrictions.

As the province has deemed nightclubs currently unsafe to open, they are permitted to allow guests for the purpose of serving food or drinks to patrons. Tables must be placed at least two metres apart to ensure physical distancing, “unless separated by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier.”

Filmores Gentlemen’s Club, on Dundas Street East, reopened “for your pleasure” on August 4. The club recommends reservations in advance and has said that they are compliant with all health and safety requirements and regulations.


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Meanwhile, the House of Lancaster reopened last Friday and has said on Instagram that lap dances will be available but masks are required for staff and customers.

The club also told Daily Hive that seating has been placed six feet apart. Arrows have also been placed around the club and all customers have their temperatures checked upon arrival. Bartenders are behind plexiglass and wear a mask at all times. All waitresses and busboys also wear masks.

“There are hand sanitizers everywhere,” said Malibu, the club’s hiring manager for dancers.


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Toronto’s famous Brass Rail has reopened with “social distancing measures in effect.”

The club also has a couple of new areas for dancers to dance for you. One of the club’s dancers said that the space is being managed with the “utmost care for the safety of staff and customers alike.”


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Club Paradise Toronto opened Thursday but asked patrons to call for reservations. As well, Lakeshore Boulevard West’s Klub Kave is reopening on August 7.

In Mississauga, Diamonds Cabaret is also open “with all the safety measures so you are free to enjoy in this time of pandemic.”

Masks are also required inside all enclosed public places, as per a City of Toronto bylaw.

So, look but don’t touch, and be sure social distance.

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