The district is set to re-open from Wednesday after Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte gave the sex industry the greenlight to resume from July 1, with Covid-19 cases in the Netherlands falling sharply in recent weeks.
The neighbourhood, which draws millions of visitors each year, is a hub for sex shows, adult clubs and brothels, but was shut during the public health crisis.
In order to ready for the imminent re-opening, workers have been preparing the rooms used by sex workers by deep cleaning windows, beds and surfaces.
Inside, the rooms have gloves, face masks and hand sanitiser installed for when tenants and customers return, while some of the room’s doors have the words ‘respect our sexworker’ written across the front in red tape.
Every room will also be thoroughly cleaned after each session, including all objects.
Prostitution is legal and regulated in Amsterdam, where sex workers are self-employed tax-payers and able to hire their own windows in the Red Light district on a nightly basis.
But many in the industry have faced financial difficulty during the Netherlands’ coronavirus lockdown due to being unable to work.
Some workers have also reportedly been ineligible for government support during the Covid-19 crisis because of how they are registered, meaning they missed out on emergency income streams for people affected by the lockdown.
There have been some reports of sex workers breaching lockdown regulations and working illegaly during the pandemi.