Birmingham news When nightclubs will reopen - Key date announced as bosses make plea for help PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The Night Time Industries Association welcomed the news in Boris's latest briefing but says it still needs critical financial support as the sector faces 'extinction'
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Nightclubs have been closed since March 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic forced the UK Government to impose restrictions on most areas of our lives. But the clubs where we used to dance the night away have now been thrown a lifeline - with a reopening date given by the Prime Minister in his new roadmap out of lockdown. Boris Johnson announced at the February 22 briefing from No 10 Downing Street that nightclubs in England could trade again from June 21. He said that provided we can still pass four tests, England would say goodbye to most remaining restrictions on that date. These four tests are: The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully. Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated. Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS. Our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern. Business conferences and football matches would also be permitted to start again from that date and the limit on numbers at weddings would be lifted. The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) welcomed the news of a reopening date for clubs but said there was still much more that needed to be done. A Gatecrasher vs Sundissential night at The Works club in Birmingham in March 2005. The Gatecrasher brand took over and rebranded the venue in its own name three years later Many club owners are suggesting their venues will not survive over the coming months, blaming "disproportionate" financial support. They say they are suffering extreme financial hardship with many ongoing issues like commercial rent arrears and impending business rates bills. The NTIA says the sector generated £66 billion in annual revenue pre-Covid and must not be ignored as the fifth biggest industry in the UK. Read More Related Articles Pub and restaurants reopening date confirmed by Boris Johnson in roadmap out of lockdown speech Read More Related Articles Nightspot denied covid payout despite £2k-a-month insurance wins lifeline court case Michael Kill, CEO of the NTIA, said: "We are pleased to hear within the Prime Minister’s statement the inclusion of a timeline for night-time economy businesses, in particular some of the hardest-hit businesses, many of which have been closed since March 2020, like nightclubs, bars and casinos.
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. "The sector urgently needs additional clarity on reopening and critical financial support from the Chancellor if we are to avoid economic and social damage that will last a generation."
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The NTIA is calling for: Specific support for the hardest-hit businesses in terms of grants Extend the VAT cut to 5% for a further 12 months encompassing a broader part of the sector. Extension of Business Rates Holiday until the end of 2021. Extend the repayment and interest-free period for all Government-backed loan initiatives. Extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme until the end of 2021 Defer tax payments to December 2021 Resolution to commercial rents issues - which the NTIA says will be crucial once the moratorium on forfeiture of leases for non-payment of rent runs out at the end of March.
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The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Night-Time Economy, a cross-party group of more than 40 MPs, has also published the findings of its recent inquiry into the impact of Covid which warns that the sector is at risk of "extinction" unless the Government takes urgent action. The MPs urge the Prime Minister and Chancellor to bring forward a sector-specific grant package and a detailed roadmap for reopening the sector to avoid "irreversible losses" that would create ghost towns across the country and hinder the wider economic recovery. Key recommendations for the Government in the recent APPG report included: Extending the furlough scheme until businesses can operate without restrictions, and extending VAT and business rates relief through 2021 Expanding eligibility for the Culture Recovery Fund and proving a sector-specific support package Providing a Government-backed insurance schemes and solutions to spiralling commercial rent arrears Introducing a Treasury-backed scheme to boost demand once restrictions are eased Appointing a UK Government Night Time Economy advisor
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