Coronavirus forces Amsterdam’s Red Light District sex clubs to close

Some of Amsterdam’s most popular sex clubs in its famous Red Light District closed their doors today in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Among the clubs that announced they would shut were the Case Rosso, Peepshow, Banana Bar and the Erotic Museum.

They are all set to close their doors until March 31, according to Amsterdam’s Het Parool newspaper.

The Red Light District draws millions of tourists each year who visit erotic dance shows, adult clubs and brothels where sex workers pose in lingerie behind red-lit windows.

De Otten Groep, a company that runs a number of clubs in the area, said: “In the interest of the health of staff and guests, the management no longer considers it responsible to stay open.”

Following the announcement, there were long lines formed at marijuana coffee shops as the Netherlands extended its tight restrictions.

Cases in the Netherlands rose by 176 to 1,135 on Sunday, with 20 deaths, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) said.

The Dutch flower industry also warned on Sunday that it was facing huge losses due to cancelled orders during one of the busiest times of the year.

Meanwhile, the UK is prepared to close down pubs as early as next weekend to curb the spread of the deadly disease.

The temporary closure of pubs, bars and restaurants is one of a series of extreme measures being prepared by the government to prevent the healthcare system from being devastated by COVID-19.

It will come into effect sometime after next weekend, when the ban on mass public gatherings is enforced, according to ITV's political editor Robert Peston.

The hashtag #CloseThePubs has already been circulating on social media for much of the day.

Many Brits were calling for drinking establishments to shut their doors and encourage social distancing.

Other measures include hotels and other buildings being repurposed as makeshift hospitals, private hospitals being requisitioned as emergency hospitals and the manufacturing of respirators for the acutely ill.

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