What COVID Means For BDSM, Kink & Swing?

We can probably all agree this pandemic has suuuuuucked. We've had to drastically change our day to day lives overnight and live under a constant veil of fear and confusion for ourselves, family members, friends and the wider community. Not to mention the financial toll it has and will take on individuals and the economy as a whole.

But it's not all doom and gloom, we have seen this pandemic bring out the best in people too. Friends and family are talking more, people are speaking to their neighbours for the first time, checking on the elderly and those at high-risk, and we are thinking about and recognising our impact on the planet more and more.

Now we're also starting to hear better news about possible treatments and vaccines, and governments are starting to pave the way forward out of lock-down.
We can now start to think about how life will change after this outbreak.
Already we're anticipating changes in a lot of industries; aviation and travel, government, health and beauty, hospitality and more.
But for me it also got me thinking about the impact on our way of life going forward in Kink, BDSM and Swinging. What will a post-COVID-19 scene look like in comparison to before?

Clubs have been struggling in this isolation environment, voluntary and forced (and necessary) governments closures once the threat was solidified, and even in the early days a decline in patronage due to fear, has taken its financial toll. There is a lot of speculation about whether many clubs will even be able to open again after this crisis. This will impact the availability of clubs for scene events in the future too and may lead to more private scene events rather than public events in dedicated venues.
Now, this may be a good thing for the already established players but not for the newbies. Established players will know who to talk to and where to go; newbies won't have these connections established yet, so will have a harder time finding access to these parties.

So, what about play interactions? What about admittance to parties? What does this mean for equipment, toys, tools and furniture? Hygiene practices are already taken pretty seriously in the scene, as they should be, but moving forward it will be essential.

I am the first to admit, once or twice, I haven't been perfect when it comes to this. I have walked away from a play without cleaning a piece of equipment thoroughly or put one of my tools away to clean later. Nobody is perfect, we have probably all made this mistake before. But in a post-COVID-19 environment, I suspect this will be more heavily monitored, as will general cleaning in play venues; and I am all for it, it needs to be taken seriously as it is serious.

 

Not just for Covid-19 but for all communicable diseases.  There might be questions before you enter parties from now on, just as there is when you visit the doctors at the moment. Do you have a fever, cold or flu symptoms? Have you travelled interstate or overseas in the last 14 days? It's already being asked in many other industries that have gotten back to it.

You might not be able to come to parties if you have travelled in the last 14 days, maybe, I don't know, that will be the responsibility of the venue managers to determine. However, YOU have to take responsibility for your own health and the health of others, just as you do now. You wouldn't go to a party if you had a cold or flu, you will need to stay home if you think you have or have had Covid-19.

You will also need to clean your hands, tools and equipment just like before, or even better, to protect the people you play with and interact with at events from anything communicable.

Play interactions themselves likely won't change much. I think the normal communication people have before play sessions will filter out any health issues and as always you shouldn't go to events or play if you are sick.

 

No matter what happens in the world from now, on nothing will ever be the same again. This pandemic will have widespread impacts across all areas of life. We all play a part in how the world will move on from this, how we protect each other from here on out, how events will be run and what businesses and events will survive Covid-19.
As always, please support your local BDSM events and toy/tool makers and sellers, support local and they will support you right back. We're all in this together.

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