After nearly 12 months of silence, the Prime Minister shocked the country by mentioning (more than once!) that long-awaited word – Nightclubs.
According to the current road map, if things continue to improve as they have been, we could be back inside our favorite nighttime venues by the end of June. By how do the people working in the sector feel about these announcements?
We spoke to James Rix, Hospitality Titans and CEO and Founder of Crowdify Global about his thoughts on this:
“The road map that the government have announced is fantastic news both for our venue in Islington and for our student events business across London. I’m really excited to get back to business and get back to doing what I’m passionate about and what I love which is entertaining people and making sure they have a great night out.
Obviously, I proceed with caution, I’m worried that dates will get changed or moved and we will start to make investments or commitments and then things will get canceled which could have a detrimental effect on us financially. But on the whole, I’m feeling very positive, I think its fantastic that we are going to get a summer of events and a summer of being able to open our venue and I can’t wait to invite everyone back into entertainment, nightlife and hospitality.”
However, the £66Billion industry would have been closed for 15 months by June 21st. Will it survive?
A report published this month by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Night-Time Economy found that UK nightclubs have been forced to make 51% of their staff redundant since last year.
And there are still many questions left unanswered. Will we need a vaccine passport? How will we manage queues for rapid testing? What about face masks?
Some people have even been wondering if dancing will be allowed – we hope so!
I think we can all agree that there is finally a very bright light at the end of the tunnel, but we should be heading towards it with an open mind and a lot of caution.