The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has called on the UK government to reopen night time economy businesses on 5 July as anger mounts after delays in the country’s roadmap.
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Earlier this week (14 June), Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the 21 June date, in which all coronavirus restrictions would be lifted in England, would now be delayed until 19 July.
The PM said in a press conference that he had seen “more infections and more hospitalizations” of late, with the delta version of COVID-19 spreading faster than the third wave that was predicted when the roadmap was first The bar was prepared back in February.
He said there is a “real possibility that the virus will overtake the vaccine” and cause “thousands more deaths” unless the country waits too long for the final phase of reopening to complete all four phases.
The news comes as a significant blow to the nighttime industry, which has spent significant time and money ensuring its safe return since the UK went into its first coronavirus lockdown in March 2020.
The NTIA argued earlier this month that “the industry has spent millions preparing for June 21, and 95 percent of businesses have already made financial commitments and logistics to reopen”.
Now, in a new statement, NTIA CEO Michael Kiel is calling on the government to reopen nighttime economy businesses on July 5, “without hesitation,” under the promise of a two-week review.
“There is growing anger from industries that are unable to do business due to the government’s delay in the roadmap, coupled with the government’s announcement of 2500 invited VIPs, and the blatant disregard for the restrictions shown in the pictures and footage we have seen today. Have seen Soccer supporters and race goers are celebrating all over London and royal Ascot, all without social distancing,” said Kill.
“All this in light of nightclubs, events and festivals that have been heavily criticized for their environment, which are not COVID safe, with restrictions that have lost thousands of businesses and jobs, suffering excessive scrutiny from regulators. are being fined, fined and publicly punished for COVID violations. “
Kill continued: “Our industry is on the verge of collapse, the people have enough and this very obvious disregard for these sectors, as of Monday 21 June, the day we were about to be freed from restrictions, is directly affecting many people.” is to be seen from.
“The government should let us open without hesitation as part of the promised two-week review on July 5th!”
Earlier this week, the NTIA endorsed an open letter to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, threatening legal action if there is any further delay in lifting lockdown restrictions.
Elsewhere, music venue owners are also now demanding immediate clarity and support from the government to help them survive until July 19.