Only Strippers And Pole Dancers Allowed To Dance In Queensland Nightclubs
The Queensland government and state authorities were shocked to see nightclubs allowing people on the dance floor last weekend.
Rules were rolled back slightly to allow nightclubs to open, however everyone was strictly told they they would have to sit at a table and enjoy the music from afar.
However, videos uploaded to social media showed several clubs dismiss that law and let people crowd into moshpits and soak up the D-floor once again.
Venues have been put on notice that scenes like that cannot be repeated and confirmed that there are only two groups of people who have been permitted to dance: strippers and pole dancers.
Liquor and Gaming Commissioner Victoria Thomson said the two approved dancing categories are 'for an adult entertainment performance, with physical distancing between the performer and the patron' or 'to facilitate a structured exercise class'.
She added that she was dismayed when she saw some clubs flout social distancing rules.
Ms Thomson has written an email to club owners, saying: "After restrictions eased on Friday 3 July, we saw disappointing images streamed across media of patrons dancing in licensed venues. This was also witnessed firsthand at some venues when our compliance officers visited.
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"Such breaches are taken very seriously and are currently under investigation...Any repeat will risk the continued operation of nightclubs and nightclub activities under the Stage 3 eased restrictions.
"We've seen across the world and interstate how easily coronavirus spreads, especially in close social settings.
"Operating in a way that encourages mingling and close contact between patrons not only puts your venue at risk of a hefty fine, but possible closure if health authorities are required to manage a potential outbreak that occurred at your business."
Club owners caught breaching COVID Safe requirements can be fined up to $6,670.
All venues have been told to install security guards at or around dance floor areas to ensure no one tries to bust a move.
DJs have been asked to discourage anyone from dancing and to remain in their seats to ensure social distancing is upheld. Tables and chairs will also be placed in the dance floor areas to prevent people from gathering.
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