Strip clubs to require punters to show Covid passports on entry under new plans

Vaccine passports will be required on entry to strip clubs when they reopen in June.

Adult entertainment venues have been added to the list of 'large crowd venues' with stadiums and nightclubs that will require a covid-19 passport on entry, the Sun has revealed.

Punters will need to take proof of a jab, negative test or antibodies when the venues reopen.

Strip clubs are expected to return in June, according to the roadmap PM Boris Johnson announced back in March.

While there has been a demand for the use of vaccine passports, the review of the matter lead by Michael Gove has revealed that there has been backlash for enforcing it domestically.

A government source told The Sun: “The tide has gone out on pubs and restaurants but the reasons for proving you are protected against the virus in venues with much closer contact should be obvious.”

The review papers are due to be published in two weeks time and Downing Street has insisted there are no plans set in stone yet.

Stripclub owners were hoping to go back to the way we were after making massive losses in lockdown.

Speaking to the Daily Star last month, Manager of Demons Club in Dudley, West Midlands, Del Dhillon said: "As soon as we reopen, we will be operating the same as always because we can’t change what we do.

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"We are not geared up to operate like a pub or a restaurant. There’s a lot of competition with those businesses and most of them fail. For now, they can only open up if they have a beer garden or an outdoor area and some can’t do that yet.

"As adult entertainment, we can’t change what we do so we will be the same as we’ve always been."

The UK lockdown has definitely had its hardships for adult entertainment – especially with the long wait to reopen and the inability to adapt the business to the changing rules.

Claiming that his bar has made massive losses, the adult entertainment sector has been lucky to have survived the pandemic.

"This pandemic has not been very fair to businesses in our sector and we have not received enough help financially. Some grants haven’t even scratched the surface and we have lost hundreds of thousands in expenses," he added.

"I can’t comment on what our dancers have done to get through lockdown but many have asked when will they be able to work again at Demons Club as they miss performing."

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