Nightlcubs in Gloucester have called on the government ‘to save the late night leisure sector from collapse’ and allow them to open under Covid-secure measures.
A group of nightclubs in the city – which includes popular venue ATIK – have created a report which includes details of how bars and nightclubs could reopen safely.
This comes after survey results released by the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) reveal that 58 per cent of businesses within the night-time economy fear they will not survive longer than two months without further government support, putting an estimated 754,000 jobs at risk.
Peter Marks, CEO at The Deltic Group, the UK’s largest operator of late night bars and clubs, and owner of ATIK, added: “The late night leisure sector, a sector which employs tens of thousands across the UK, is at risk of collapse if the government does not act now – it is that simple. We need a clear reopening plan, or at the very least fit-for-purpose financial assistance.”
The report states that venues could reopen with the introduction of a range of safety measures such as:
● ID scans upon entry
● Temperature checks upon entry
● Crowd control through the representation of licensed security personnel
● Contactless payment
● Sophisticated ventilation systems
● Large square footage venues, allowing for social distancing
● Frequent and high intensity cleaning and hygiene regimes
Commenting on the survey, Michael Kill, Chief Executive of NTIA said: “These results feel like the final catastrophic blow to the night-time economy, which employs 1.3 million people in the UK and contributes £66bn to the UK economy per annum. Near enough every single business is on a dangerous cliff edge. This is the darkest of days for the night-time economy.”