The Night-time economy and events sector is built on social engagement, making the current social distancing measures an uncomfortable reality, which will only lead to many businesses becoming financially unviable in quick succession following the lift of the government lockdown. The reduction in business capacity, enforced spacing, queue management, PPE, brings into question not only the viability, but whether this is something that can be managed in many of these unique spaces.
Says Michael Kills, NTIA CEO:
“One of the key challenges around the re-opening of the Night Time Economy & Events Sector is the current guide for Physical Distancing. We welcome the Government’s announcement with regard to the review of the current measures and await the outcome with much anticipation. However, the decision needs to be made ahead of the scheduled 4th July opening, to allow businesses the ability to prepare for opening if they are able to”
“The Industry maintains it commitment to ensuring that we open at the right time with the correct measures to keep our staff and patrons safe, we must also recognise the importance of our sector to our cultural and civic life”