The night-time economy leaders have been warning of legal action against possible lockdowns, and the talk has turned into action.
Greater Manchester’s night time economy adviser has launched a legal bid to oppose the lockdown of hospitality in the north.
Sacha Lord is backed by a number of trade bodies and individual venues in the initiation of legal proceedings, stating no data has been provided to prove the measure is effective.
“We have therefore been left with little choice but to escalate matter further,” said Lord. “We have now engaged lawyers to begin a judicial review into the legality of the emergency restrictions due to be imposed on the hospitality and entertainment sectors.”
The legal challenge is supported by The Night Time Industries Association, the British Beer Pub Association, JW Lees Brewery, Joseph Holt Brewery, Robinsons Brewery, New River Company, and Hawthorn Leisure.
Greater Manchester venues such as Alberts Schloss, 20 San Carlo, Wood Restaurant, Gusto, Living Ventures, Evuna, The Alchemist, O’Sheas and Atlas Bar are also backing the campaign.
Lord is not the only hospitality chief challenging the government’s measures, with G-A-Y nightclub owner Jeremy Joseph issuing a formal challenge to Matt Hancock earlier this month over the latest developments, stating the 10pm curfew “makes absolutely no sense”.
“It does the opposite of protecting people by pushing them onto the street at the same time”