UK Legal battle to reopen pubs and restaurants is fast-tracked through High Court last minute news
PremierLeague-News.Com- The High Court has agreed to expedite his case, after Government employed 'stalling tactics'
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Sacha Lord's legal battle to allow all pubs and restaurants to reopen sooner than the current roadmap will be expedited, the High Court has agreed today. It will mean that Lord's case will progress and reach its next phase as soon as April 19. Health secretary Matt Hancock had today said that there was 'no proper basis for expedition', which Lord said was 'yet another stalling tactic'. The Parklife boss and Greater Manchester's night time economy adviser has argued that there is no scientific evidence or justification for indoor hospitality spaces to remain closed for so much longer than indoor retail spaces. Under the current roadmap, indoor pubs and restaurants can't welcome back customers until May 17 at the earliest. Lord's legal case has argued that that will leave an estimated 60 per cent of hospitality businesses unable to open next week, putting many at risk of permanent closure. Lord says there's no scientific evidence to justify the delay in reopening indoor hospitality (Image: PA) Although Lord's legal challenge - which he is working on with Punch Taverns founder and entrepreneur Hugh Osmond - had initially hoped to see indoor spaces open at the same time as beer gardens on April 12, they're now battling to have them reopened as soon as possible. The High Court today agreed to expedite the case against Matt Hancock, after Mrs Justice Eady said: "There is a need to expedite consideration of this matter if the challenge is not to be rendered academic by passage of time." Read More Related Articles All the lockdown rule changes which will come into force on April 12 after Boris Johnson green light Read More Related Articles Sign up to CityLife's free newsletter from the Manchester Evening News Hancock had been given until 10am today to file a response.
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." But a High Court judge has ruled against the Government. Sacha Lord said: "We are pleased with the Judge's decision today to expedite the case and believe the Government's response this morning was yet another stalling tactic to divert attention away from the lack of scientific data to justify the ongoing closures.
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"With non-essential retail opening on Monday, there is clearly a firm basis for the case to be heard immediately. "The Government has continuously failed to introduce any new evidence as to why indoor hospitality cannot open on 12 April alongside non-essential retail, or any justification for their prioritisation of retail over hospitality.
"While I'm pleased outdoor hospitality remains on course to reopen on Monday, there are thousands of operators who do not have outdoor space or the financial capability for outdoor set up, and are therefore forced to stay closed for a further five weeks (17 May). "We estimate this affects around 60 per cent of all operators, many of whom will cease trading as a result. "These same operators have spent millions of pounds creating Covid secure environments and we firmly believe these regulated venues have much safer measures in place than most retail stores. "We will now look forward to the next phase of the case on 19 April."
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