Burlesque performers in Saskatchewan

Dancers and other performers who remove their clothes can now work in licensed establishments, although full nudity is still banned. (CBC)

Strip shows and wet t-shirt contests in bars are now legal under provincial law. 

The latest move to loosen up Saskatchewan's liquor laws went into effect New Year's Day.

It's the end of an era in a province where the combination of alcohol and stripping has long been banned.

Performers still cannot be fully nude: women will still have to cover their nipples and full frontal nudity is not allowed. 

It's good news for Anna Scott, who is artistic director for the Bottoms Up Burlesque Club.

Her dancers are burlesque performers, in contrast to exotic dancers that work in bars. 

However, before the change, her dancers could not even remove a glove or feather boa in a licensed facility, she said.

"Under the old liquor laws, anything like that would be considered strip-tease," Scott said.

Scott says her club always follows the rules, but the new regulations will make it easier to arrange shows.

It's not known if any bars are planning to immediately start strip shows or wet t-shirt contests.  

In Saskatoon, thanks to city council moving to regulate the adult entertainment industry, such shows can only happen in nightclubs located in areas zoned for industry.