The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) comment on the regional tiers announcement, reinforcing the fact that the Night Time Economy and Hospitality sectors being hit hardest since the start of the pandemic and are bearing the burden, so that other sectors are able to open during the festive period.
Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) says:
“As even more areas have been dragged into the tightest Covid restrictions, with limited changes to the current restrictions particularly in the north. The Government has compounded an already critical position within the night time economy and hospitality sector.“
“Thousands of businesses and employees have supported the Government’s public health campaign against Covid, creating safe, regulated environments for people to socialise. This financial burden and commitment has been recognised only in lip-service, with insubstantial support measures to repay confidence in the sector”
“The current financial support is grossly disproportionate to operating costs and the current restrictions express a level of willful ignorance: they are a policy decision, without scientific basis or consideration for the hardest hit sectors. This deserves nothing less than anger and outrage from operators and businesses”
“This week the ONS released figures highlighting 819,000 fewer workers on company payroll, and an increase to 1.7 million unemployed. The statistics speak for themselves and much of this is as a direct result of the current operating restrictions and lack of support being given to the Night Time Economy and Hospitality sectors.”
“The Government must compensate these businesses for the period of time they have been closed, and the loss of business suffered due to restrictions through the festive period”
“The sector has suffered horrendously since the start of the pandemic and is continually bearing the burden, so that other sectors are able to open during the festive period.”