At the moment, the law is unclear on lap dancing.
But this year, the government’s Department of Industry, Trade and Investment (DITI) introduced a Bill to regulate the industry and the public need to be mindful of the new law’s implications on the community.
The Bill would allow dancers to dance on a “public place” if the public are willing participants.
The current rules on dancing in “a public place” do not allow certain acts. In 2012, for example, it was illegal to offer an alternative and to make a public performance of an act which would otherwise be illegal.
However, this Bill would clarify that any act on a public place which is contrary to the law, could result in the dancer being fined as long as the dancer does not have a direct relationship with people.
In addition, dancers will also be protected through the Bill from being discriminated against if they have a disability, including physical disability, and they are using their disability in their public performance.
This is the first time the law has been introduced and DITI is working closely with the dance community to ensure the Bill does not unintentionally create confusion or discriminate against those who dance.
Are lap dancing clubs illegal?
As with public nudity in public places in the UK, lap dancing clubs are forbidden.
However, the Act covers other types of public performances that do not relate to nudity, such as “public presentations” and demonstrations relating to sport or the arts.
“Any person who is acting or who performs in a theatrical performance with a view to public display of their genitals, pubic hair or skin is guilty of an offence. This includes acting in a public performance as an escort, and public presentations of a performer’s genitals and pubic hair,” DITI said.
“It can also include performance of other acts which are contrary to the law; such as lap-dancing, but only under certain circumstances.”
The law states that the public are allowed to take photos or video of someone performing lap dancing, so long as they are not in a public place or under circumstances where “disadvantage to an individual, or to the general public in general, is evident”.
It goes on to say that dancers should follow the law.
“Dancers should be aware that there is no justification for dancing on public places. Any act on a public place may be held up as evidence that the dancing took place if the person