A much harassed strip club which closed in March due to coronavirus restrictions has decided not to apply to renew its licence.
Spearmint Rhino, which has been on Brown Street in Sheffield for 18 years, has surrendered its sexual entertainment venue
licence and handed over its alcohol licence to another operator.
The club recently won a high-profile battle to renew the licence for a six-month period last September after a campaign by women's equality campaigners. But Sheffield City Council
said the club has now withdrawn its latest application.
In the summer, the club dropped a privacy case against feminist campaigners who commissioned non consensual and secret filming of dancers at work.
Some strip club dancers, who have not
worked since March, have said the industry has been hit hard by coronavirus pandemic restrictions. So presumably much of this latest decision was down to economic reality rather than more political issues.
Sheffield Council is set to discuss 'hugging breaches' and other issues at Spearmint Rhino lap dancing club.
One of the conditions of its licence is that random samples of CCTV footage will be inspected by officers on at least a monthly basis and a
report presented to the licensing committee quarterly.
Recordings from various days over November and December were inspected and footage of 35 dances were viewed. Officers found three occasions of dancers hugging customers at the end of
performances, which is against the licence rules that state there must be no physical contact between performer
They also found problems with customers attempting to touch dancers and not keeping their hands by their side, but where this did happen
dancers stopped their performance or door staff intervened. Officers also raised issues with dancers brushing customers legs although said it appears to be accidental, and they said it was difficult to see some dances as they were performed at the far
side of booths.
In the report, Claire Bower, council officer, said: Officers consider the findings to show minor issues and therefore advice has been provided in writing to the the club. The report will be discussed at a meeting on October 5.