As restrictions continue across the U.K. as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, calls for the government to extend its support for the country’s nightlife industry have grown.
A petition — entitled ‘Let Us Dance – Support nightclubs, dance music events and festivals,’ has been launched calling for an extension of its support financially, a petition that currently boasts over 62,000 signatures.
“The government has failed to provide specific support to U.K. festivals, dance venues and nightclubs,” the petition states. “COVID-19 has hit hard on the nightlife sector having a major impact due to the suspension of mass gatherings.
“Followed by unclear guidelines and a lack of commitment from the government, this has contributed to growing uncertainty within the arts sector, putting at risk millions of jobs. The government must make clear its commitment to ensuring the dance community survives the pandemic.”
Speaking to HYPEBEAST in a recent interview, Jonny Woo, co-owner of London-based club The Glory, said: “Clubs are already at risk due to lack of space in central London, the proliferation of flat building which is turning non-residential areas into areas with high-density accommodation and rent prices going up. Clubs will be the last to open, and I worry that the spaces that are left may be in danger if they remain closed for too long.”