- 24 Aug 20
The report illustrates how the risk of Covid-19 transmission can be reduced to through risk assessments based on a hierarchy of control, and consequential mitigation measures.
A new report coordinated by the Night Time Industries Association has suggested that clubs could be allowed to re-open safely with measures such as face masks, social distancing patrols and temperature checks in place to battle the spread of Covid-19.
The organisation have campaigned to highlight the lack of support for nightclubs and late night venues throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and have enlisted the help of scientists from the Institute of Occupational Medicine to lay out a plan for clubs to survive.
The report also highlights how nightclubs are able to provide the same barriers and mitigations to risk that both the retail sector and other elements of the hospitality sector can provide.
There's also an outline of how some clubs can offer mechanical ventilation units in place that deliver 12-25 air changes per hour of fresh air with no recirculation.
"We believe that there is a risk assessed return available for clubs and venues, backed by current science and within government guidelines," the report summarises.
"Furthermore, we believe there is not a case to single out such venues for prolonged closure if these risk assessments and protocols are in place. Whilst there are some areas of increased risks over other sectors there are many real benefits that such businesses have over other sectors, particularly as all our venues have security to give 100% cover of matters such as temperature checks, track and trace, and keeping customer behaviour in check. This document, together with the full OEM report in the appendix, shows there is a way forward that is at least no worse than many of those that have been afforded an opening already, and in many cases is actually better."
You can read the full report here.
In July, the UK Government were urged to support nightclubs with specific funding through a new campaign, #LetUsDance, launched by the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA).
In Ireland, recent spikes in coronavirus cases have led to new restrictions in place by the Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Green Party coalition Government.
In terms of nightclubs, the Irish Independent quotes a Cabinet minister as saying: "Nightclubs will be a while off."
Across Europe, many illegal raves and outdoor "free parties" have begun taking place in cities such as Berlin, London, Manchester and Paris.
Time will tell when Ireland's own nightlife will resume.