Subscriber Account active since. Amsterdam's famous red-light district has reopened its doors to customers again, months after it had to be shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak. Brothels in The Netherlands were meant to stay closed until September, but officials brought the reopening date forward to July 1, after the country continued to see a drop in coronavirus cases. Now, sex workers plan to put on their red lights as quickly as possible, although there will be added health measures in place to make sure their work remains safe. From checking clients for coronavirus symptoms to not allowing face-to-face contact, these photos show how Amsterdam's world-renown red-light district is reopening in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.
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Yet the infamous alleys of the De Wallen neighborhood—lined with coffee shops and windows featuring scantily clad sex workers—could soon face a transformation as local government officials strive to implement a new policy, set to increase the number of sex-work permits beyond De Wallen in an attempt to provide sex workers with opportunities elsewhere. Since legalizing prostitution in , the Netherlands has been increasingly vigilant in combating human trafficking and other forms of criminal activity. But critics say the current government has failed to tie the sex trade to increased crime. The project notably limited sex work to two streets: Oude Nieuwstraat and Oudezijds Achterburgwal.
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As countries around the world slowly begin to come back to life, governments are experimenting with exactly how prescriptive they should be when giving guidelines on how people should navigate the new normal — including on sex and dating. It has involved some trial and error. A spokeswoman for the agency told the Dutch news website NU.
We have all been deprived of many things during this pandemic. Single people deserve a chance at physical contact as the lockdown begins to be eased. They clarified that those who already knew each other or were in relationships but were not in the same household could have sex during lockdown without violating the rules. Jenny Harries, the deputy chief medical officer, said in March that couples who were living in separate addresses should choose either to stay apart or to move in together. Single people were left to make do on their own while dating apps encouraged us to video call potential suitors.