Clubs in the UK could be open by June, the UK Government has announced.
Almost 12 months ago, nightclubs and music venues in the UK were ordered to close with immediate effect due to the spread of COVID-19. Today (22nd), UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given hope to the sector, announcing that nightclubs across the country could be reopened as soon as the 21st June.
80% of clubs will close by March without Government support, a new study from the Night Time Industries Assocation (NTIA) has found.
From the minds behind Horst Arts & Music Festival in Belgium, the Horst Digital Lab is a multidisciplinary online program focussed on building resilient nightlife communities, taking place tomorrow, Friday 11th, to Sunday 13th December.
The UK Government has announced the first 135 venues to receive emergency grants amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In July, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a support package worth over £1billion as part of the plans to support the culture industries amid the pandemic, sharing that £270m in loans and £880million in grants would be paid to music venues, theatres, museums, heritage sites and galleries.
Clubs must remain closed as music venues in the UK are allowed to open under new government guidance this weekend.
Announced as part of the latest lockdown easing measures, the UK government has stated that while music and theatre venues can open their doors for live performances from this Saturday (15th), nightclubs and dance halls must remain closed for the forseeable future.
A UK club would see its capacity drop from 370 to 30 if they adhere to new government guidelines for reopening venues.
Swansea club Hangar 18, who have thrown parties with DJ Seinfeld and Glitterbox DJ Melvo Baptiste, shared in a post on Facebook the dire impact that social distancing guidelines would have on reopening the venue.
Members of the Event Safety Alliance have released a 29-page guide for reopening music venues in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
Steven Adelman and Jacob Worek from the ESA coordinated with over 400 music industry professionals to compile the guide, which outlines the possible health risks that will come with reopening venues and holding events post lockdown, and potential solutions to them.
£330bn is to be made available to support UK businesses affected by the global coronavirus outbreak.
As part of a daily press conference, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, revealed that that the fund will be made available as loan guarantees for businesses. Any business that requires help will have access to a loan on "attractive terms".