Strippers who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus crisis in the world’s coldest city are now delivering pizzas in underwear, masks and gloves.
The move has won the backing of the remote Russian city of Yakutsk’s mayor and has been met with approval by locals.
Restauranteur Alexander Skripin said: “We decided to hire them as couriers.
“There is a lack of good (delivery people) on the market.
“Besides, we should support each other in times of crisis.
“Dancers are representatives of small business.”
The Yakutia Association of Hoteliers and Restaurateurs said that the striptease and go-go dancers are accompanied by security men when they make “contactless” pizza deliveries.
“The girls deliver the order in their underwear,” said the association.
“They also have a mask and gloves on.
“The transfer takes place in a non-contact manner in accordance with all sanitary standards.”
Yakutsk in eastern Siberia is the world’s coldest city as well as Russia’s diamond capital with winter temperatures plunging to -55C.
Currently, though, the weather is a balmy plus 19C.
Strip clubs like Galaxy have been forced to close their erotic shows due to the lockdown restrictions.
A spokesman for the city’s mayor Sardana Avksentyeva, 48, said: “From the moral and ethical side we do not know how to evaluate this.
“But in terms of the safety of measures to deliver food there have been no violations so far.
“We believe that delivery is carried out by the contactless method, taking into account all the recommendations of the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare.
“At first glance, we do not see anything forbidden in what has happened.”
Yakutsk with a population of 282,000 is capital of the Yakutia region which is almost as large as India.
Officially, the region has has 1,445 coronavirus cases, rise of 88 today, and a death toll of seven.