Corona – what next?
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Can I work in sex work again despite the coronavirus?
Yes, since 31.05.2021 sex work will be possible with restrictions again in Schleswig-Holstein but only under certain conditions. You can find more information in the next section.
The regulations are different in other federal states. Please note that and inform yourself if you also want to work in other federal states. We can tell you which regulations apply where.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us: 0151 723 122 06.
Sex work and the coronavirus – what do I have to consider?
You and your client* must both have a test certificate. You can find more information about mandatory testing here
If you are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved in Germany, testing for Covid-19 will no longer be mandatory.
You are obliged to create a hygiene concept for your premises that includes how you want to ensure that nobody gets infected with the coronavirus during your work.
You can find more information about this
You can find already created hygiene concepts
You can find already created hygiene concepts in the following link: https://berufsverband-sexarbeit.de/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/200519_BesD-Hygienekonzept-1.pdf
If you work at a place where there is an operator who is running the establishment, she or he is obliged to create a hygiene concept. Ask for it to know what you have to be aware of.
Hang up signs with hygiene rules.
Before you start, clients* have to leave their contact information, including the name, address, telephone number or the email address. You have to safe the contact information for 4 weeks.
Alternatively, you can also use an application software which can be used to record the contact information as well as the date, time and the length of the stay. The software must allow the transmission to the responsible health department for a period of four weeks. This works, for example, with the app called “Luca-App”
One suggestion to store the contact information, is to put them in an envelope and seal it. Mark it with the current date. After 4 weeks you can tear the envelope and dispose of it unopened. If the clients* refuse to give you their contact information, you will not be allowed to let them enter your premises and/or serve them. You will be required to ask them to leave.
Important: You and your client* must wear a CE-certified nose-and-mouth protective mask the entire time of the visit even though you have a negative coronavirus test. Certified mask means that it must be a medical mask or a similarly one like a FFP2-mask without an exhalation valve. There are only two people allowed to be present in your workspace: You and the client*.
Reject clients* who appear recognizably intoxicated or have symptoms of sickness. If in doubt, ask them to leave.
No alcohol may be served or drunk.
You are not allowed to work outside or in the car. Not even in a “love mobile”.
Vaccination against the coronavirus
Now, it is possible to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. All individuals over the age of 12 who have German health insurance OR are registered OR have their habitual residence in Germany are entitled to get vaccinated.
The vaccination is voluntary and free of charge. Without any documents of identification it is difficult to get a vaccination. Please talk to us about that and any other questions you may have: 0151 723 122 06!
There are now four vaccines against the coronavirus, which are approved in Germany. These vaccines are provided by Biontech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson&Johnson. Please inform yourself which might be right vaccine for you by consulting a doctor* you trust or a doctor* who is vaccinating.
As we are dealing with a pandemic right now, you don‘t need to have health insurance to get vaccinated.
Vaccination is carried out by general practitioners* as well as vaccination centers in Schleswig-Holstein. To find out where you can find the nearest vaccination center, click the following link: https://www.schleswig-holstein.de/DE/Schwerpunkte/Coronavirus/Allgemeines/Impfzentren/impfzentren_node.html#doc1954fd7d-b831-4908-af59-ec47ee8d964cbodyText1
You need an appointment for the vaccination. Without an appointment you will be refused at a general practitioner* or a vaccination center.
Sometimes there are collective appointments in your region where you can go without an appointment. Please contact us for more information.
You are considered “fully vaccinated“ if you have received two doses of vaccination from 4-6 weeks apart and if the second vaccination was two weeks ago. This does not apply to the vaccine of the provider Johnson&Johnson, which only requires one dose of vaccine.
If you are fully vaccinated testing for Covid-19 will no longer be mandatory. (Link zur Testpflicht einfügen)
You can receive the latest information on the vaccination against the coronavirus in the following link: www.impfen.sh
Coronavirus: Information in further languages (bundesregierung.de)
If you have trouble understanding or do not know how to get a vaccination, please give us a call: 0151 723 122 06.
What is a hygiene concept and why do I need it?
A hygiene concept is a compilation of the most important hygiene rules that must be adhered to during sex work in times of the coronavirus.
It is mandatory in Schleswig-Holstein to have a hygiene concept for sex work.
You can find a model hygiene concept with pictures here
With your hygiene concept, you show that you have thought about how to keep the risk of an infection low within your work.
It is important that you memorize the rules well and are also able to explain them.
You must always have your hygiene concept ready (printed or digital) and be able to show it.
It is important that you and your clients* follow the rules.
If clients* do not want to leave your premises, become unreasonable, violent or assaulting, you can always call the police: 110.
Is there a finished hygiene concept to hang out or for showing?
Yes. We have a model hygiene concept for you with all the important measures. You can find it here
You can hang it up, save it on your cell phone and show it to the clients* or authority employees.
What should the hygiene concept contain?
The following points are the most important ones for your hygiene concept:
You must either be fully vaccinated or have yourself tested every 72 hours at a test station. Your clients* must have a current test certificate or prove that they are fully vaccinated.
Regular hand washing and disinfection.
Regular cleaning of surfaces and sanitary facilities.
Everyone is required to wear a certified nose-and-mouth protective mask, which means a medical mask or a FFP2 mask.
Collect clients*’ contact information, save them for 4 weeks.
Only two people are allowed in one room.
Air the premises often.
No alcohol allowed.
No sex work is allowed if a person involved seems ill, under the influence of alcohol, or otherwise intoxicated.
You and your client* must both have a test certificate. It confirms that a person is not infected with the coronavirus.
Your clients* must have a test certificate that should not be older than 24 hours.
Self-tests are not allowed therefore the test must be done in one of the rapid test centers where testing is free.
Your test certificate must not be older than 72 hours. That means you should get tested every third day.
IMPORTANT: If the test turns out positive, you should directly contact a doctor or the health department! Stop working immediately.
What happens during coronavirus rapid testing and where can I get tested?
A coronavirus rapid test involves taking a swab from the nose or the throat. To do this, a swab is inserted through the nostril or throat and gently rubbed against your mucous membrane. The test is very quick and after about 15-20 minutes your test result is already available.
You will receive the test result on a piece of paper with a date and a signature. Sometimes it will also be emailed to you.
In the following link you can find out where you can take a free coronavirus rapid test nearby:https://www.schleswig-holstein.de/DE/Schwerpunkte/Coronavirus/Allgemeines/TeststationenKarte/teststationen_node.html?lang=de
If you need help finding your nearest test center, please give us a call!
What can I do at work to keep the risk of an infection low?
Test yourself regularly. It is free of charge and possible at many places in Schleswig-Holstein. You can find all the test stations in the following link: https://www.schleswig-holstein.de/DE/Schwerpunkte/Coronavirus/Allgemeines/TeststationenKarte/teststationen_node.html?lang=de
Do not work if you feel bad or when you have symptoms of sickness.
Wash and disinfect your hands regularly. Ask your clients* to do the same.
Clean your sanitary facilities regularly.
Open the window after each visit.
Change the bed linen and towels after each visit.
Clean and disinfect the surfaces frequently touched by customers regularly.
What can happen to me if I do not adhere to these obligations?
You are committing an administrative offense if …
… you can’t present a hygiene concept or provide any information about it to the authorities.
… you do not record any contact details and keep them save for 4 weeks.
… you and your clients* don’t wear a nose-and-mouth protective mask.
… you are in your workspace with more than one person.
… you perform sex work outside or in a vehicle.
… you allow entry to a person who has not been tested or who has not been fully vaccinated or you supply a service to the person.
… you are not fully vaccinated or have not been tested.
If you do not follow the rules and the authorities catch you during an inspection, in the worst case you can be punished with a fine of up to 3.000,- €.
Where can I find these new regulations?
Here you can find the regulation. It applies to Schleswig-Holstein.
In other federal states apply different rules. We can tell you where you can find information about it.
Are these regulations the only ones that currently apply to me?
No. The Prostitute Protection Act (Prostituiertenschutzgesetz) still applies to you. So you have to register your profession or have it extended
You can find more information about The Prostitute Protection Act (Prostituiertenschutzgesetz) and the registration in Schleswig-Holstein here.
What is the coronavirus and how is it transmitted?
“COVID-19“ is an infectious disease. It is caused by a new type of virus.
The virus attacks the respiratory system. You can get cough and fever.
The disease is transmitted particularly by “droplet formation“, i.e. when coughing or sneezing. The virus also persists on surfaces. If you touch them and then touch your eyes, mouth or nose, you can get infected.
You can find more information in your language in the following link:https://www.integrationsbeauftragte.de/resource/blob/328716/1742430/6f56e6f60b395e0e549446d860191d6d/200409-flyer-ib-dt-data.pdf?download=1
and also in this following link:
What can I do to protect myself and others?
Follow these hygiene tips:
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Sneeze and always cough into a tissue or in the crook of your arm (the bend of your elbow).
Keep your hands away from your face. Do not touch your mouth, eyes or nose with your hand.
Keep at least 1.5 meters away from other people, especially if they have a cough, cold or fever.
Wear a nose-and-mouth protective mask when shopping or on buses or trains.
When greeting and saying goodbye, refrain from touching people, such as shaking hands, kissing or hugging.
What happens if there will be another lockdown and I‘m no longer allowed to work again?
As a self-employed person you have the possibility to apply for money from the job center. This is called an application for basic financial protection from the state of Germany. Feel free to talk to us about it. We can help you fill out applications – also in your language.
Even if you are not entitled to state aid, there are other possibilities of funding.
It is also possible to work in a completely different job.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
What can cara*SH do for me now?
If you have received money from the job center and you are now working again, you have to notify the job center to deregister you from the service. We can help you with that.
We can support you, if you don‘t know where to sleep or where to get food.
The regulations of the coronavirus can be really confusing. We can support you to make things clear and to understand everything.
We can also provide you with information on vaccination and testing.
I have cabin fever. What can I do?
The measures can be hard to bear sometimes. You are restricted in your everyday life and there are many things you are not allowed to do.
Try to do something good for yourself. For example, you can go for walks. Getting out and moving around is still allowed!
If you have the opportunity, use your mobile phone to keep in touch with people who are good for you.
Give us a call. We can work with you to find out what can help you to get through this time.
Where can I find information about the coronavirus?
Current and reliable information about the coronavirus can be found on these web sites:
Information about Corona and sex work can be found on the web site from BesD:
Sex and Corona: https://www.aidshilfe.de/corona-sex
All the other information distributed through WhatsApp, for example, need not be accurate. There are a lot of false messages and fake news being spread on social media!