With the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to climb every day—there were 732 new cases on October 2, the highest single-day increase so far—the Province has imposed additional restrictions on restaurants, bars and nightclubs, and strip clubs.
Moving forward, restaurants and bars and nightclubs, will be prohibited from selling alcohol after 11 p.m., as well as prohibited from allowing the consumption of alcohol on the premises from midnight until 9 a.m., which includes staff.
Additionally, establishments must now close from 12 a.m. and remain closed until 5 a.m. with the exception of offering delivery and takeout options.
Further, all strip clubs across the province have been ordered to close completely, but is this fair?
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Moreover, the Province announced shortly after closing strip clubs across Ontario, that casinos would be permitted to reopen.
Those in favour of the new restrictions suggest strip clubs shouldn’t be open right now, as they present an unnecessary risk of spreading the virus.
are we back to stage two in ontario. what’s the deal. why were strip clubs open until now
— (@glumeria) September 26, 2020
However, those opposed believe strip clubs, and sex workers in general, are being unfairly targeted. They suggest the Province was too hasty to make the decision, and could have consulted with strip club owners in an effort to implement additional safety measures.
Look unpopular opinion but am I the only one not understanding why there's a war on strippers in Ontario? Strip clubs must immediately shutdown but spas & agencies are a go and not getting targetted? What's the difference? I'd love to hear it..
— Playful Ella | RETIRED (@PlayfulElla) September 28, 2020
The decision comes after a pair of strip clubs in Toronto were linked to a wide-spread outbreak of the virus.
Some are confused by the Province’s decision to allow casinos to reopen as they force strip clubs to close, in conjunction with refusing to reduce class sizes in schools.
Closing strip clubs and opening casinos in the same week…. Nothing more than grandiose political posturing. Respectability politics. @fordnation lacks the leadership skills Ontario needs to get through this. #onpoli
— kydaeo FIRELECCE (@kydaeo) September 30, 2020
So, Hamilton, what do you think? Did the Province make the right decision to close strip clubs, but allow bars and casinos to remain open?
Cover photo courtesy of Brass Rail Tavern via Instagram