We are asking you for a chance to survive 2021!

 

Once again, our sector, which contributes £46 billion to the culture economy and employs 425 thousand people, has suffered enormous damage as a result of the Government response to the pandemic in recent weeks. It’s likely that tens of thousands of our businesses will never recover from this damage. Most of these are small and medium sized owner run businesses that play a vital part in the cultural, social, and economic lives of our towns and cities. And if that is not bad enough, we now face the possibility that major parts of our sector may face further curbs, and, in the case of night clubs, total closure immediately after Christmas. In a very real sense, we are facing the Sword of Damocles.

We have always respected and acknowledged that public health is of paramount importance and have played our part in the crisis, although extremely challenging, have tried to work through the constraints and restrictions placed upon us.

However, there are increasingly promising reports that the Omicron variant, though highly transmissible may not be as aggressive as previous variants. We also restate our view, that is backed up by data, that it has been clear for some time that late night economy venues, particularly nightclubs, similar to other setting and with the appropriate measures in place, are not a major source of virus transmission.

Even so, given the extended restrictions including covid certification recently enforced by you, this should be enough to give people the confidence in your leadership and assure them that they can, in fact participate in night life safely, through these measures. Full closure of venues on top of this does not give people any confidence in your current mitigations and backs our sector into a corner with no chance of survival, based on very little scientific evidence.

Connecting through music, dance and socialising in our communities is an essential part of physical, social and mental wellbeing and during this extremely difficult time especially needed to give people hope. We must open! We do not want to rely on public funding, but you are giving us no choice. And the little gesture of support given recently, is simply not enough for many business to survive. We have worked so hard and invested heavily to keep our customers and staff safe, against all adversity, and continue to present safe well-regulated spaces for people to come together safely and enjoy a night out!

In view of the above, we urge you to act with clarity and decisiveness, as soon as the data allows, to firmly reject calls for further draconian measures against our sector as we fear that they will be unnecessary and will not contribute to the fight against the virus. Every hour of uncertainty condemns thousands of businesses to failure with all the human, social and economic consequences that entails,

Let’s not end this year as we did last! 

End the uncertainty and Let Us Dance on New Year’s Eve.

Join the discussion 11 Comments

  • Athanasis Lazarides says:

    Of course we need to see out this awful second covid year the right way – not confined to our homes or sat in a venue restricted from having fun!

  • Izzy rawson says:

    I was 18 when we went into lockdown, now I’m 20. You’ve stolen the best years of my life already. Don’t you dare take new year again. Fuck your lockdowns and your masks I’m not doing it again

  • Sian says:

    This is just becoming a joke, we need to get on and just live our lives. The government are just controlling the sheep and taking peoples lives away from them. You have already discriminated against people who choose not to have a vaccine, i thought discrimination was a crime and not tolerated at all yet here they are doing it and its no problem. All you are doing is causing the country to be segragated by scaring people into doing what you tell them to do. Let people go out to night clubs. let them enjoy their life. what is the point of actually having a life if you cant do anything with it. How do you get to have a right to tell people how to live their own life??? Murderes in prison are currently being treated better, they are in prison because they decided that it was their decision that someone else wasnt going to live anymore, how is this any different to what the government are doing right now. stop trying to control everyone. let people make thier own decisions, stop making peoples choices for them. Where are the human rights and freedom and democracy now????? its only there when it suits.

  • neil hearne says:

    Please let us dance

  • Peter Clay says:

    I agree.

  • Darren witham says:

    Let the nighttime industry continue without restrictions or even closing. They’ve suffered enough, now is the time to support them

  • JJ od says:

    I feel although the hospitality industry is being wrongly treated once again as my dear friend stated the money it brings for our economy & over this period especially a decent amount of this will be cater for during this period so please once again #letusdance!!

  • Amanda says:

    Let us be happy & dance

  • Alison Butterworth says:

    Let us dance .. don’t break us!!

  • Ellie says:

    #Letusdance

  • Asia Boon says:

    Hello

    Yes yes we so agree. Lets end this now!
    There is no justification behind these draconians restrictions.
    Let everyone make their own decision if they want to be out or stay home. We need each other, we need to socialise and gather together, we are humans and needs contact with each other!

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