SEX WORK & COVID-19: CURRENT RESTRICTIONS

LAST UPDATED 30 July 2021

As of 11:59pm on Tuesday 27 July, restrictions in Victoria have changed.

 

 

  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave your home 

  • Private gatherings in the home are not permitted.

  • Movement between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne is unrestricted.

  • Face masks are mandatory indoors and outdoors.


 

Click here for more:
https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/how-we-live

 

 


In Person Sex Work 

Important: Vixen Collective understands that these changes have been formally communicated to Victoria Police's Sex Industry Coordination Unit (SICU). We have been working to ensure police are aware of the changes, and will continue to monitor this.

If you have contact with the police regarding COVID-19 and sex work, or are issued with an infringement notice, contact Vixen Collective at info@vixencollective.org or 0414 275 959

At different points VIC sex workers have experienced a pattern of inconsistent messaging about COVID-19 restrictions and enforcement from different parts of government and police. Vixen Collective is determined to ensure this is not repeated and that consistent and accessible information is available to sex workers going forward



Private sex work

Private sex workers CAN work. 

 

Vixen Collective has received written confirmation that private sex work/escorting/outcall only sex work is no longer restricted

 

Under current settings, you can leave your home to attend work, and you can enter a home to carry out work.

 

Relevant COVIDSafe settings must be observed.

All other existing sex work related laws remain in place.


Brothels & Strip Clubs
 

Brothels, sex-on-premises venues, sexually explicit entertainment venues (such as strip clubs) may open, with a COVIDSafe plan and capacity requirements:

 

  • density quotient of one person per four square metres

  • 100 person cap

 

Face masks

 

Under current settings, masks must be worn indoors and outdoors by everyone.

 

Lawful reasons for not wearing a mask include:

 

If it is not reasonably practical to provide or receive a service while wearing a mask. 

If wearing a face mask creates a risk to health and safety at work

 

See more here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/face-masks-when-wear-face-mask#exceptions-for-not-wearing-a-face-mask


Questions on sex work and masks? Contact us


 

Police
 

Vixen Collective is working to ensure police have up to date information on current sex work restrictions.

 

If you have contact with the police regarding COVID-19 and sex work, or are issued with an infringement notice, contact Vixen Collective at info@vixencollective.org or 0414 275 959. 

 

We can offer information, advocacy, support around police interactions, referrals to free and confidential legal advice, and support accessing it.


Harm Reduction
 

If you are experiencing symptoms of covid-19 you should self-isolate and get tested. If you are concerned you may have covid-19, you can call the National Coronavirus 24hr Helpline for information and advice on 1800 020 080. If you require translating services, call 131 450.

 

If you do in-person sex work at this time, you should consider your screening, work practices, what services you provide, and enhanced hygiene and cleaning measures.

 

Sex workers responded rapidly to COVID-19 from the early stages of the pandemic, with many of us adapting our work practices well before restrictions were introduced. Many sex workers moved to non contact forms of sex work or other income sources, while others practiced enhanced screening measures, increased use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and enhanced cleaning and hygiene protocols.

 

Please see this link for extensive information on COVID-19 harm reduction and sex work.  https://redbook.scarletalliance.org.au/covid-19/


For the Scarlet Alliance vaccination guide, see https://scarletalliance.org.au/library/covid19-vaccine-guide

 

Sex Workers' Rights and COVID-19 
 

Vixen Collective is continuing to working hard to advocate for equitable and evidence based treatment of sex workers, and for government to work in partnership with sex workers as we respond to COVID-19 alongside other Victorian workers.  Above all, we continue as always to advocate fiercely for the rights of all sex workers in Victoria.

 

Vixen Collective calls for access to adequate financial support and emergency relief for all sex workers, further resourcing for peer-education and harm reduction, access to housing and rental relief and essential support services for all sex workers, and the full decriminalisation of all forms of sex work in Victoria


We will continue to provide updates on restrictions, harm reduction, and emergency relief - please follow us on social media to stay up to date.

Resources
 

Covid-19 & Fines  - Legal Aid Victoria: 

 

https://www.legalaid.vic.gov.au/find-legal-answers/covid-19-coronavirus/fines

 

Free Legal Advice on Covid-19 Policing:

 

People anywhere in Victoria stopped and questioned by police, or fined or charged under COVID-19 laws can access Fitzroy Legal Service for free legal advice and information.

 

Call 0434 136 501 or visit https://www.fitzroy-legal.org.au

 

Police powers: your rights in Victoria

 

See pages 4 - 5 for information on your rights and obligations when questioned by police. 

https://www.legalaid.vic.gov.au/find-legal-answers/free-publications-and-resources/police-powers-your-rights-in-victoria

 

See our Resources page for more.