Switzerland has given the go ahead to brothels to open on June 6, Daily Mail is reporting.
The country has, however, given strict rules under which sex workers are to return to work, including sex positions to adopt and keeping faces “one forearm length apart” during sex.
Doggy style and reverse cowgirl positions are among those which would comply with the new rule – but threesomes are out and “anal practices” will require gloves, Daily Mail reported.
Anonymity is also a thing of the past because clients’ personal details will have to be kept for four weeks in case they are needed for contact tracing.
Rules drawn up by a sex workers’ group also call for masks to be worn if possible and bed sheets to be washed after each client departs to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Prostitution has been legal in Switzerland since 1942 and industry group ProKoRe has been lobbying the government to let it restart as soon as possible.
Their wish was granted on Thursday when the Swiss health ministry put “erotic business” on a list of activities which could resume on June 6.
ProKoRe has already drawn up an exhaustive list of rules to be distributed to individual brothels and agreed with sex workers.
“During sex, positions should be used in which the transmission of droplets is low,” the guidelines say, referring to the small particles thought to spread the virus.
The rules include: “There will be no services with close facial contact. There must be a distance of at least one forearm length between the two people.
“Services involving two or more clients will not be offered.
“Wearing a mouth and nose covering is recommended for all services. Anal practices will only take place with gloves.”
The rules also say that rooms used by prostitutes should be aired for at least 15 minutes between each encounter.
Bed sheets should be washed at 140F (60C) after each client has finished, and both the client and sex worker should ideally have a shower before and afterwards.
In addition, “all clients are made aware that contact details will be recorded and kept for four weeks for the purpose of contact tracing”.
The guidelines also apply to cars, which could have their number plates recorded in order to ensure that infected clients can be tracked down later.