The government will conduct a review of the 10pm curfew imposed on pubs and bars next month, according to Greater Manchester’s Night Time Economy Adviser.
Current laws dictate that all venues in the hospitality sector must shut their doors no later than 10pm – remaining open only for takeaway service.
But Sacha Lord – an avid supporter of the #CancelTheCurfew movement – along with fellow industry members, has been campaigning for the government to reconsider the ruling since it came into effect on September 24.
Lord has even launched legal action against the government for closing down large portions of the local sector in line with Tier 3 regulations, and the Parklife founder filed a pre-action letter last week, claiming there was no scientific justification to limit the operating hours of pubs and bars.
Whilst there has been no official road map released discussing when Greater Manchester might exit Tier 3, Lord has said the government will perform a review of the 10pm pub curfew as early as November.
Writing on Twitter, Lord stated: “In November, the Government are reviewing the UK 10pm curfew.
“It doesn’t work for the public or operators. Overloaded transport, crowded takeaways, supermarkets etc.
“It’s doing far more harm than good.
“Operators are running safe and secure COVID19 venues.
“Cancel the Curfew.”
After launching his judicial review this month, Lord received a response from the government which he called insufficient”, and pledged to take further legal action.
“Our pubs should not be shut without scientific evidence,” he stated.
“Legal proceedings will now commence. The fight goes on.”
Lord also signed to the OneGM campaign this week – a group aiming to provide help which “goes beyond” the government’s support.
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and fellow local leaders dedicated a fortnight to battling against the region’s move to Tier 3 without adequate financial backing.
At the end of a drawn-out affair, Greater Manchester was bundled into the ‘very high’ risk category without the desired £95 million package, and OneGM will serve to fill the void – offering supplemental local support to prevent more companies capsizing during the second wave.