The coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a significant impact all throughout the world. These past few months have been crucial in attempting to stem the virus however as of yet, officials are still working on finding a cure/treatment for the virus. Coronavirus has had a big impact on several industries, as well as the stock markets, but when it comes to escort work such as escorts in London, things are still things aren’t looking great.
On the 10th of March, Lord Bethell spoke in the House of Lords in regards to the risk of transmitting coronavirus. He cited that the virus can be spread through many forms including kissing and other forms of social interactions. He said, “kissing is wonderful but potentially dangerous.”
For many companionship workers throughout the country, this is going to be bad for business. Given that social interactions are a significant part of the job, the coronavirus fear is looking like it could be sticking around for a while. For many within the industry, there are several escorts which are experiencing a high rate of cancellations in their work and are losing bookings by the minute.
Some escorts can make up to £2.5 thousand a month at the beginning of their work. And with one cancellation seeing as much as a £600 loss, this is going to have a significant impact on the individuals’ business. Even though this might not seem like a lot of money, given the nature of self-employment many escorts put a significant percentage of their monthly income away for tax reasons, as well as the many expenses that go along with the nature of the job. This includes lingerie, toys, hotels, travel costs etc. This means that with every booking lost, the panic for the individual increases significantly.
A significant factor in all of this is whether these individual escorts and agencies such as Angels of London can go to work or not. If an escort contracts the virus, they can be out of work for weeks without any sick pay. But of course, even if they don’t directly contract COVID-19, if the disease is to spread further in places like London, escorts will be hit significantly with a lower income now that COVID-19 is officially classed as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).