It’s finally happened! Boris has relented, outlining his plans to end the use of masks in public along with many other restrictions later this month, but it’s not without concerns from Night Time Industries who are still unsure of exact dates this will all happen.

In a publicly broadcast speech, the UK Prime Minister announced plans to end the need for social distancing and the rule of six, plus relax rules on table service for indoor mixing. Mass, full capacity events are to return with the removal of the need to scan a QR code to enter venues or need to have COVID status certification.

Micheal Kill, CEO NTIA (Night Time Industries Association) said “We have been encouraged by much of what the Prime Minister said today about what Government restrictions will look like in the next phase of reopening. To hear the Prime Minister say that we need to learn to live with this virus is a long overdue step, and will be a relief to our sector. It is difficult to overstate the significance of the impact the pandemic has had on this industry. The Government’s support package has been important but insufficient. After 479 days closed, we now need that counter set to zero so we can start to rebuild.

Let’s not call this ‘Freedom Day’, let’s call it ‘Recovery Day’. A historic moment for the sector and a release for people’s mental health. Now the hard work starts.” Manchester’s Night Time Economy Advisor, and Warehouse Project CEO, Sacha Lord said on Twitter.