In the Netherlands, “priestesses of love” return to work: No kisses or panting

In the Netherlands, “priestesses of love” greet customers after easing restrictions, but they are advised to avoid panting and kisses to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19.

Erotic dancers and prostitutes lost their main source of income for three and a half months and, as a rule, did not have access to state support during quarantine.

The Amsterdam Red Light District, where thousands of tourists usually gather to watch sex shows, sex shops and prostitutes, was empty.

Red Light United, representing Amsterdam prostitutes, campaigned to allow them to return to work as soon as possible, noting that some sex workers still had to pay rent for the premises, and the ban forced them to work illegally, putting them at greater risk.

Sex workers already adhere to stringent safety rules in the Netherlands, but the industry has compiled a list of recommendations, including sexual positions, that should be avoided.

Even with new recommendations, sex workers will be more at risk for CODVID-19 than other professions, says Debbie Mensink, a public health consultant in Amsterdam.

As the number of new infections and deaths from COVID-19 has declined in recent weeks, the Netherlands has lifted most of the restrictions. The country has recorded more than 50,000 cases and more than 6,000 deaths since mid-March.

Despite the improved statistics of COVID-19, people are advised to stay at a distance of 1.5 meters from each other and wear masks in public transport.