A Devonport sex shop owner believes his business is an essential service that shouldn't be forced to shut because of coronavirus pandemic.
Red Lantern Adult Store co-owner Neil Newman fears his business would struggle to survive if tougher restrictions on trade are introduced.
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"It is a concern to us," he said.
"We can just barely pay our casual and it's like all small businesses, you put a lot of time extra in and if you added the hours up you'd be working for $2 an hour."
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Mr Newman said he would keep the shop front open for as long as he could, alongside his online store.
"I think we provide a needed service even though it might be a small percentage of the population which we cater for," he said.
"People have to have some form of entertainment."
Despite panic-buying at adult stores on the mainland, Mr Newman said he hadn't seen a surge in demand locally - but he did predict one.
"We seem to think people will get a bit bored...and probably wouldn't mind something different to make things pass a little bit quicker, or a little bit more exciting," he said.