No drinking, no talking, and now no music. The government has turned pub music down to 85db in England, whilst Scotland has banned it completely in pubs. The latest measures to counter Covid have met with scathing criticism, with the music sector the next in line for crisis talks.
Hardest hit will be the UK jukebox sector who’s concerns were conveyed by trade body Bacta at a meeting with DCMS officials this week, and verociously vocalised by the Scottish BBPA who pulled no punches explaining the damaging consequences of the decibel ban.
This week, organisations within the music sector have been assessing the damage the restrictions will have, and further representations, with both local MPs and higher up the policial network via the trade bodies, will be conducted.
Their concerns will resonate like vibrato bouncing off the walls of Whitehall. The night-time industry, too, is equally enraged at the latest Covid-measures. It has called on the government for more comprehensive support, as curfews, capacity caps, dancing bans and music restrictions take their toll on the entertainment industry – a toll they argue will come in the shape of “a tidal wave of redundancies.”
“The cumulative impact of layering restriction upon restriction is making it harder for pubs to survive,” said BBPA CEO Emma McClarkin. “We have already seen a total ban on music in pubs in Scotland, which has seen trade plummet there.”
“The sector has not been consulted on the evidence base for these extra restrictions on music. We are acutely aware of our responsibilities as businesses, but the Government is in danger of cutting off any chance of a recovery. Instead of placing further restrictions on pubs, we need the Government to focus on putting a proper support package in place.”