Bondage studios can reopen as long as clients and staff wear masks, Berlin rules

Berlin’s bondage studios and erotic massage parlours have been given the green light to reopen for business amid the coronavirus pandemic.

They were all closed when a city-wide blanket ban of brothels was put in place to help control the ongoing crisis.

However, the owners of a parlour offering intimate massages and a BDSM studio campaigned for an injunction to reserve the ban on sex work.

A court ruled on Friday that these specific businesses could welcome back customers – if everyone inside wore masks and followed government advice.

There is no ‘especially close contact’ between workers and clients, the court determined.

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A spokesperson said: ‘The service is strictly limited to contact by hand, ensuring greater distancing as a rule.’

Brothels will still not be able to open in the capital city, as sex involves a ‘dramatically elevated breathing rate’ – something that increases the risk of spreading coronavirus.

It comes after sex workers in Hamburg staged a protest in June after the government stopped them from working during the pandemic.

The ban was discriminatory since other entertainment businesses had been allowed to reopen, they claimed.

Germany has lost 9,187 people to Covid-19, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

Health authorities have reported 815 new infections within the past 24 hours.

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