SEX WORK & COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS:
CIRCUIT BREAKER ACTIONS

LAST UPDATED 13 FEBRUARY 2021

As of 11:59pm on 12 February, restrictions in Victoria have changed.

Under the current circuit breaker actions, you can only leave your home for one of the following four reasons:

shopping for necessary goods and services; care and caregiving; exercise; and essential work. 

You must stay within 5km of your home.
Face masks are compulsory indoors and outdoors when you leave your home. 

Click here for more: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/circuit-breaker-actions



In Person Sex Work


This table outlines essential workers, providers, and worksites that are permitted to operate under the current restrictions. 

In-person sex work is not on that list. Brothels and strip clubs are not on that list.


Vixen Collective will remain in close communication with the government and other bodies and will provide any updates as they come to hand. 

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-02/210212%20-%20Table%20of%20restrictions.pdf


 

Police
 

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. 

During 2020 lockdowns, there were high levels of COVID-19 policing of sex workers in Victoria, including a disproportionate number of infringement notices issued to sex workers, their clients, and sex work businesses.

 

Vixen Collective condemns this unequivocally. Policing and fines are not effective or evidence-based public health strategies.


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 are able to take time off from in-person work, you should! However, we recognise some sex workers are not in a position to do this. 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/

What is Vixen Collective doing?

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.