10 months on – when will nightclubs return?
It’s been almost a year since clubs across the globe have switched off their lights, turned the music down, and closed their doors for the last time…
Many venues have faced permanent closure and significant job losses. Reduced capacity, table service and costly protective equipment and procedures mean operations have become unprofitable for many. The night-time economy was the 5th biggest industry in the UK in 2019, accounting for 8% of employment and revenue of over £66bn.
The UK government has provided cultural relief funds for select venues. This however still has left many clubs facing closure, inevitably making their workforce redundant. The event and music industry relies on lighting technicians, sound engineers, promoters, artists, developers, photographers, designers – many receiving no funding or support from the government.
With the news of a vaccine and mass testing, the possibility of clubs reopening seems on the horizon but with infections still peaking, has the UK done enough to try and mitigate the effects of the virus? Will club attendees have to prove test results or even be tested before entering concerts and venues? With the event industry on the brink of collapse and no end in sight, a lot of questions are still left unanswered.