A Coventry venue has claimed it is ‘probably’ the only venue in the city that does not need to have people off its premises by 10pm.
Our sister site CoventryLive, reports that Rialto Plaza in Coundon, has said it will not force people to leave before the curfew.
On Thursday (September 24), people across the country, faced their first evening of the 10pm curfew – to curb coronavirus from spreading further.
The ‘multi entertainments venue’ made the claim on its Facebook page today ( Friday September 25).
The post said: “Announcement on new timings! We are probably the only venue in Coventry that doesn’t need to kick you out at 10pm!
“We have had government guidance that as we are a Live entertainment venue we do not need to close at 10pm providing any live entertainment starts before 10pm. As we are required to close our bar from 10pm we are adjusting opening and closing times to allow guests more drinking time if preferred.”
As well as bars and restaurants, the government enforced curfew also applies to social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, funfairs, amusement arcades, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, bingo halls and other indoor leisure centres.
James Penny, promoter at the Rialto Plaza added: “I believe we are the only venue in Coventry that can open beyond 10pm and we have a unique opportunity to provide live entertainment in a safe and secure environment.
“Our venue has several inherent features that make it safe to attend. In particular we have a huge space so we can sell tickets on a table only basis allowing groups to remain in their social bubbles.
“We’re embracing the space that we have and innovating as much as we can whilst taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our audiences and full event team.
It’s really important for both the local community and our staff that we open as soon as we can as safely as we can. Hopefully we can help create a blueprint for other live entertainment spaces to open safely and be part of the process of restoring employment within the live events space. We can not wait to welcome audiences back to our venue from next week.”
Pub and hospitality trade bodies the British Beer & Pub Association, UKHospitality and the British Institute of Innkeeping say the curfew will mean a substantial loss of profits for businesses in the night-time sector.
Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pubs Association, said: “Removing a key trading hour on top of fragile consumer confidence and the reduced capacity pubs already face will put thousands more pubs and jobs at risk.”