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Dancing, lap dances and police patrols as Brisbane’s venues reopen

The industry COVID-safe plan for Queensland hotels, clubs, nightclubs and adult entertainment for stage three prohibits physical contact between patrons and staff providing adult entertainment.

The plan also states that where practically possible, contactless payments for services in adult entertainment areas needed to be provided.

About 10,000 people flooded Fortitude Valley as nightclubs opened for the first time in months on Friday, with some ignoring Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s no dancing rules.

Police Minister Mark Ryan at a press conference on Saturday morning said he was made aware of people dancing in nightclubs.

“Look, I don’t want to be a fuddy-duddy about this, but there are rules in place for a reason. There are rules in place to keep Queenslanders safe,” he said.

“People need to ensure that they are social distancing, that they are practising good hygiene and that they are staying home if they are sick.

“Please follow the rules. They are in place for a reason. They are in place to keep you safe, your family safe and your friends safe, and it is all about making sure that we keep on top of this virus.”

A Queensland Health spokesman said those with concerns about a business not following stage three requirements should report them to PoliceLink on 131 444.

“Queensland police and other enforcement officers will enforce the lifting of these restrictions and ensure Queenslanders are doing their part to slow the spread,” he said.

“Industry and business regulators will also play a role in ensuring organisations are compliant with restrictions.

“If you are concerned about a business not maintaining appropriate physical distancing or other stage three requirements, perhaps have a chat to the staff first and find out what measures they have put in place.”

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