GAY, the nightclub operator, has launched a legal battle against the Ministry of Health, in an effort to cancel the curfew at 10 pm in bars, pubs and restaurants.
Center Criticism of the curfew mountsGAY, who runs the iconic Heaven Club in the heart of London’s gay nightlife scene, has written to the Health Minister, Matt Hancock, advising him that he prepares to take legal action.
Simpson Millar, the law firm on behalf of GAY, questioned the rationale behind the “arbitrary decision” to impose a curfew at 10 pm, a restriction sent Decline in sales And many companies left For fear that they will not survive the winter.
Simpson Millar said the government had not produced any evidence to support the restriction, which “appears to lack any clear rationale or scientific basis.”
Critics said the measure not only hurts the hospitality sector however It might actually be a counterproductive, Due to the large number of gatherings in the streets or homes after ten in the evening, or congestion on public transport at the same time.
GAY requested the Department of Health and Welfare (DHSC) to provide any evidence of the effectiveness of this measure by 4 p.m. Tuesday.
A spokesman for DHSC said: “The The latest data It indicates a significant rise in infection rate after people socialized in hospitality places that served alcohol in recent weeks, so we have taken immediate measures to reduce the rate of transmission and save lives and will keep all measures under constant review.
“The shutdown at 10 pm allows people to continue socializing while minimizing the risk of failing in social distancing.”
GAY CEO Jeremy Joseph said the curfew was “totally meaningless”.
It does the opposite of protecting people by pushing them onto the street at the same time. They are moving from safe inside places with staggered shutdown times to unsafe in busy streets and excessive public transportation. “
“The government appears to be blaming the sector for this measure, consistently treating the night economy as a scapegoat while, in fact, we have years of operational experience keeping customers safe, and we have spent a lot of time and effort making sure our places are safe because of COVID.
“Enough is enough. Matt Hancock And Boris Johnson must be held accountable. “