A new campaign launched this week pressures the government to U-turn on the 10pm curfew which has had an immediate damaging impact on hospitality businesses all over the country.
This week, a group of hospitality professionals from all over the country have unveiled the #CANCELTHECURFEW campaign in cities across England and Wales to attempt to raise awareness among consumers of the impact that the policy is having on their industry. The hope is that guests will join operators in pressuring the government to U-turn on the policy.
“We want the British public to know the impact that the curfew is going to have, not just on our businesses, but on our friends and colleagues,” says Tom Lord, founder of Hospitality Gin.
“We have borne the brunt of the measures announced over the past fortnight.
“We are vilified as breeding grounds for the virus, yet Public Health England’s own figures show this is not true – In fact, the latest figures show that we have one of the lowest infection rates outside of the home.
“Hundreds of thousands of people will lose their jobs as a direct result of this disastrous policy, thousands of businesses will close their doors forever, and the hospitality industry will never be the same again. Stop blaming hospitality, let us serve.”
How to get involved
The movement starts this week by asking hospitality leaders, operators, employees and anyone with a love for the hospitality industry to share the #CANCELTHECURFEW images across social media platforms.
They are then following up with a silent protest and social media ‘thunderclap’ at 10pm on Saturday 3 October, with venues and workers all over the country standing outside their venues and posting images of this on their social media.
“With neither evidence to support the assumption that hospitality is driving infection, the move to curtail the operational hours of our already crippled industry seems unjust and punitive, not to mention illogical and irrational,” says Michael Greenhow of Mojo.
“Are people more infectious after 10pm? Hospitality has slaved to work responsibly within the constraints laid out for us and now we are being thrown aside with scant concern for the impact these measures will have on our businesses and the wider economy.”