The findings of last month’s investigation into COVID-19‘s effect on U.K. nightlife have been published in a 45-page report. Titled COVID-19 and UK Nightlife: an Inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Night Time Economy, it was the brainchild of MP Jeff Smith and Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) CEO Michael Kill, among others.
The report makes note of aid provided thus far by the U.K. government, including job retention schemes and the Culture Recovery Fund. Based on surveys of over 20,000 consumers, institutions, employees and gig workers, however, it argues that such efforts have fallen short and could lead to “extinction” of businesses in the nightlife industry.
“Responses to our survey detailed a widespread feeling of frustration, a heavy-hearted acceptance that some restrictions have been needed, but a disappointment in the overall management of the crisis and the pittance of support provided,” the report concludes. “Businesses revealed the overwhelming financial cost of the pandemic, which has had a ripple effect on employment levels for staff and freelancers throughout the sector.”
Among the recommendations in the report is the appointment of a night time economy advisor like those of cities like London, Manchester and Bristol. It also advocates for the formation of a committee dedicated to the proactive nightlife reopening, arguing that the absence of a clear timeline prevents business owners from making crucial investments ahead of time.
COVID-19 and UK Nightlife: an Inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Night Time Economy is available in full via the NTIA website.
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