Hospitality professionals across the UK have joined forces to launch Cancel the Curfew, a campaign calling for the termination of the 10pm hospitality curfew instated by the government last Thursday
To demonstrate the negative impact of the curfew on the nation’s hospitality venues, Cancel the Curfew has asked hospitality businesses, workers and supporters to post its campaign assets on social media with the hashtag #CancelTheCurfew, and to share posts explaining how the curfew has affected trade.
The campaign has also organised a silent protest for Saturday, 3 October, asking hospitality workers to stand outside their venues from 10pm-10:15pm holding #CancelTheCurfew signs.
The campaign reports that venues have experienced a 60% drop in revenue since the curfew began. Meanwhile, data released by the government shows that between 14 August and 20 September, just 3% of Covid outbreaks were attributed to hospitality venues, compared to 42% in schools.
‘[Hospitality venues] 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,’ campaign organisers wrote in a letter to the Prime Minister.
‘We are asking to open our doors. To be allowed to do what we do best whilst keeping our staff and customers safe. We are asking for your permission to keep the hospitality industry alive.’