(Reuters) – A group of English pub and nightclub owners plan to take on a legal challenge if the UK government announces that hospitality and entertainment venues in the north of England must be closed to deal with the spread of COVID-19. [19659002PrimeMrbyManchesterclubnightandeventoperatorSachaLordwillinstructitslawyerstoinitiatelegalproceedingstoopposetheactionandurgethegovernmenttoshowwhatscientificevidencesupportstheaction
"Today we are waiting for Boris Johnson to make his announcement. "If he proposes that pubs and bars be closed in Greater Manchester, we initiate an immediate legal inquiry," Lord, creator and operator of the Manchester Parklife Festival and The Warehouse Project, told Reuters.
The UK's pub, restaurant, nightclub and event industry have seen huge losses from the pandemic. After months of lockdown in the spring, a second wave of the virus and new measures for social cooperation could now threaten hundreds of thousands more jobs in the industry.
Lord is supported by The Night Time Industries Association, the British Beer and Pub Association, JW Lees Brewery, Joseph Holts Brewery, New River Pub Co., and a host of other operators in the North West of England.
The legal process will begin when the group's lawyers submit a protocol for pre-action to the government, which can take place within the next day. When the court hearing is formally in progress, a judge can suspend the rules for suspension until the case is heard.
Night Time Industries Association CEO Michael Kill said with reference to Public Health England that only 3-4% of cases could be traced. back to hospitality places, meaning that any action to shut down the entire industry was "very unfair."
"These new measures will have a catastrophic impact late at night and be further exacerbated by an inadequate financial support package," Mr Kill said in a statement.
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