Hours after they reopened, the doors to an erotic massage parlour in Launceston were closed again on Saturday because of uncertainty about how eased COVID-19 restrictions impacted the business.
A spokeswoman for the State Control Centre, which has been handling Tasmania's response to COVID-19, confirmed police asked for advice about whether Studio 14 in Hobart and Studio 152 in Launceston could operate.
"Tasmania Police did not ask Studio 14 or Studio 152 to close and is not investigating allegations of illegal sex work," the spokeswoman advised on Sunday.
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Studio 152 owner Celeste Bates said she opened on Saturday because government advice indicated businesses offering massage services could reopen.
"We had an abusive call from a woman escort complaining we were open," Ms Bates said.
"A short time later the police called to ask if sex and oral was offered and we explained that sex was not permitted on the premises.
"The officer said, as it was unclear what category we fit into, he had referred it to the COVID Advice Unit for a determination."
Ms Bates said she chose to close the business "to be safe", until the advice was received.
"We will wait to hear back from government [before reopening].
"Sensual erotic massage does not easily fit into a category as it is not sex work ... there is never any penetration of any kind or oral ... and it's not remedial sports massage as the massage is done naked and includes the whole body."
Police were understanding and the government was doing the best it could, Ms Bates said.
"The government is doing a difficult job to balance keeping the Tasmanian community safe and help people earn a livelihood again."
Ms Bates said many people believed services offered at Studio 152 were essential.
"Studio 152 angels believe sensual touch is absolutely essential to everybody.
"Sensual massage is one of the most beautiful experiences you can have. The whole body is massaged naked. The masseuse is in lingerie or also naked."
According to the Australian Sex Workers Association, sexual services businesses operated or managed by a commercial operator remain illegal in Tasmania.
Ms Bates said the Studio 152 rental agreement prohibited any form of sex.