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COVID-19: the postponement of the reopening of June 21 will spell the “death knell” for the night economy | UK News

Nine in 10 nightlife businesses in England say a delay in lifting all lockdown restrictions beyond June 21 will threaten the survival of their places.

A survey by the Night Time Industries Association found that 95% of companies have already made financial commitments and logistical preparations in anticipation of the Prime Minister meeting the initial roadmap.

But the increase in cases of the Delta (Indian) variant associated with a notable increase in the number of people admitted to hospital with COVID-19[female[feminine means Boris Johnson is now widely expected to announce a delay at the last stage of its “irreversible” roadmap on Monday.

Laura Cotter, who runs the Invisible Wind Factory club with a capacity of 1,200 people at Liverpool Told Sky News: “It’s catastrophic – these big comebacks that everyone’s been planning are now all pushed back to when we don’t and it’s really hard to manage.

Wind plant in Liverpool
This Liverpool club has become a roller skating venue

“We’ve booked sold-out nights with world famous DJs – it’s so frustrating… no one wants to put people in danger, but we’re ready to test whatever it takes.”

The site has turned into a rollerdrome – welcoming 30 skaters per session.

They love to do it on the sidelines, but that alone is not a viable business in the long run.

At the end of April, Liverpool experimented with a pop-up nightclub without any social distancing or face masks and proved that with the right tests this did not lead to a spike in coronavirus infections.

Four tests to lift the containment
Four tests to lift the containment

BristolCarly Heath’s Night Economy Advisor said: ‘In Bristol over a third of the people work in the Night Economy, the heart and soul of our city is on hold while we wait to reopen safely.

“Since the massive layoffs at the start of the pandemic, companies across the industry are now desperately looking …

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