SEX WORK & COVID-19: CURRENT RESTRICTIONS

LAST UPDATED 12 June 2021

As of 11:59pm June 10, restrictions in Victoria have changed.

If you live in Metro Melbourne:

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

  • You cannot have visitors to the home.

  • You cannot travel more than 25km from your home except for work, care, study or to travel your nearest vaccination centre.

  • Travel into regional Victoria is not permitted, except for a number of limited reasons – work, education, care and caregiving, and to get vaccinated (if this is your nearest vaccination location).

  • Face masks are mandatory indoors and outdoors.


If you live in Regional VIC
 

  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home 

  • You can have up to two adults visit your home per day.

  • Face masks are mandatory indoors, and outdoors where you cannot maintain 1.5m from others.



Click here for more:
https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-settings

 

 

 


In Person Sex Work - Metro Melbourne


Private sex work


Important: Vixen Collective understands that these changes have now been communicated to Victoria Police's Sex Industry Coordination Unit (SICU). We 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
 

Private sex workers CAN work. 


Vixen Collective has received formal confirmation that private sex work/escorting/outcall only sex work is no longer restricted in Metro Melbourne.

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

 
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) must remain closed


Face masks

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

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



Travel


You can travel further than 25km from home to work.

You can travel into Regional VIC to work. 


https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/travel-restrictions


 

 

In Person Sex Work - Regional VIC

Brothels & strip clubs 

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

 

  • density quotient of one person per four square metres

  • up to 50 patrons indoors


 

Private sex work

 

Private sex workers CAN work. 


Vixen Collective has received formal confirmation that private sex work/escorting/outcall only sex work is no longer restricted in Regional Victoria. 

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

 
All other existing sex work related laws remain in place

 

Face masks

Under current settings, masks must be worn indoors by everyone in Regional VIC

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. 

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 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.