A bylaw prohibiting exotic entertainment in the village, upper village, Creekside and Function Junction areas was approved by council Monday after no one spoke for or against the bylaw at a public hearing earlier in the evening.
The bylaw was brought forward primarily to prevent strip shows in pubs or clubs in the village. Currently there are no clubs in the village which offer exotic dancing but two years ago operators of the former Capones did attempt to do so. Whistler council of the day moved to prohibit exotic dancing at C-licensed establishments in the village and the club changed hands, and formats, shortly thereafter.
The new bylaw does not affect the Boot Ballet at the Shoestring Lodge in White Gold.
The bylaw defines exotic dancing as meaning "public performances in which the pubic area, genitals or buttocks of the performer, or in the case of a female performer the nipple or aureoles, are exposed to the view of another person."
The bylaw was given third reading by council but still has to be adopted.