Hospitality professionals across the UK have come together to launch #CancelTheCurfew, a new campaign that puts pressure on the government to terminate the recently enforced 10pm curfew.
The campaign reports that venues have experienced a 60% drop in revenue since the curfew was imposed on Thursday 24 September, while recent figures from Public Health England reveal that only 3% of transmissions outside of the home are from the hospitality sector.
In an attempt to raise awareness of the negative impact the policy is having on the industry, #CancelTheCurfew is asking hospitality businesses, workers and supporters to share the campaign assets on social media platforms.
A silent protest has also been organised for 10pm on Saturday 3 October, which encourages hospitality workers to stand outside their venues holding #CancelTheCurfew signs, posting photos of the movement on social media.
Tom Lord, hospitality consultant and founder of Hospitality Gin, said: “The industry that we love is in grave danger of being suffocated by this curfew.
“Some venues were starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel before it was announced as customers returned and we all settled into the ‘new normal’. Now we’ve been plunged back into uncertainty.
“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.
“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”
Visuals and more information on #CancelTheCurfew can be found here.