With the 21st June date in jeopardy for reopening the remaining businesses that have been locked down since March 2020, any subsequent delay would be catastrophic for these sectors, leaving many on a financial cliff edge.
The Government announcement on 14th June will decide their fate, but the NTIA are aggressively pushing back on any changes to the roadmap, with a clear narrative around action being taken by businesses across multiple sectors in challenging the Government on any changes to this timeline.
The Night Time Industries Association is working alongside key partners within different sectors to collectively challenge the Government if the decision goes against opening on the 21st.
Michael Kill, NTIA CEO Says:
“Night time economy businesses have waited patiently for their opportunity to open for over 15 months, many have not survived, some are on a cliff edge, hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost, a huge pool of talent has been swept away and left to suffer extreme financial hardship”
“We should not underestimate the importance of the 21st June to these businesses, employees, entertainers and freelancers, a day when they are given back their freedom to trade, livelihoods, careers, social well being and the day that the Government gives culture back to the UK”
“These businesses and individuals have adapted, overcome and survived for an exceptional length of time with the bare bones of support, and have arrived at this opportunity to find that it could be taken from them, let’s not torture them by leaving them hanging on until Monday.”
“It is clear from a recent flash poll of members that businesses are vulnerable, with 9 in 10 businesses feeling this will have a critical impact on their survival.”
“The industry has spent millions in preparation for the 21st June, 95% of businesses have already made financial commitments and logistical preparations to reopen:
54% of businesses have ordered stock
73% of businesses have called in staff.
60% of businesses have sold tickets.
64% of businesses have booked entertainment.
80% of businesses have financed marketing and promotional materials.
“To delay would have a huge impact on the sector, losing many businesses, livelihoods culminating in further loss of confidence in the sector.”
“As one of the biggest employers and entertainers of 18-24-year-olds, we have not only robbed them of their ability to support themselves but also starved them of social well being and culture.”
“Our industry shares some of the most important life experiences with their audiences, meeting your future partner, celebrating birthdays, marriage, religious festivals, your first live event or your favourite DJ.”
“We will see many more illegal unregulated events take the place of businesses that are licensed and regulated across the country as people express their frustration.”
“The culmination of young people who have been starved of social engagement and culture will have a lasting effect, and must be considered in the strongest terms alongside the overwhelming success of the vaccination rollout and the current low levels of mortality, hospitalisation and infection.”
“We saw over 4000 new cases yesterday across the UK and very low levels of deaths. Over three-quarters of the population receiving the first vaccine dose and over half receiving the second by the NHS, we need to start dealing with this as an endemic.”
“We must be open on the 21st June, these businesses cannot wait one more week, they deserve this opportunity, given their continual commitment to the Government’s public health strategy.”
“The decision to delay will leave us no other option but to challenge the Government aggressively, standing alongside many other industries who have been locked down or restricted from opening.”