New stripping laws now in place in Saskatchewan

New Year’s Day ushers in new stripping laws for bars in the province of Saskatchewan. Joe Raedle / Getty Image

SASKATOON – New Year’s Day has ushered in more than a new year in Saskatchewan – bars in the province are now allowed to have strippers.

New regulations came into effect on Jan. 1 which relaxed liquor laws and allows stripping and wet t-shirt contests in licensed drinking establishments.

Performers cannot be fully nude – full-frontal nudity is still prohibited and nipples must be covered.

The change is one of a number of changes made to provincial liquor laws and regulations announced last year and is the last one to come in effect.

A hotel in Codette, just south of Nipawin, has been shut down for about two years but the business is set to re-open on Thursday with strippers from Regina performing on stage.

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The owners believe they are the first in the province to have a legal, licensed strip bar.

In Saskatoon, those bars must be located in heavy industrial areas and be at least 160 metres from other establishments, residential homes, schools and parks.

With files from The Canadian Press

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