Freedom day delay: Debbie Bollard / Phil Setter / Justin Burke / Paul Kelly

Freedom Day delay Debbie Bollard Justin Burke Paul Kelly Phil Setter
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The licensing expert

Debbie Bollard: “At some point the Government must accept that it cannot save every life from Covid19 and that we must move on”

Debbie Bollard freedom day delay
Debbie Bollard Licensing Consultant, Hough & Bollard

DEBBIE BOLLARD LICENSING CONSULTANT HOUGH & BOLLARD

 

The delay does not affect my business per se although I have the greatest sympathy for everyone in the industry who are struggling to keep to their heads above water at the moment.

We have more than 3.4m people still on furlough which is winding down from next month and is due to end in September and the moratorium on rent proceedings ends this month – it’s frankly a mess.

I really hope that 19 July is the terminus date as Boris puts it, but I have an uneasy feeling that the goal posts will continue to move with new variants looming on the horizon and scientists unwilling to risk saying anything other than “this one might escape the vaccine” rather than its ok to move forward.

There is no crystal ball for life in general; we assess and take risks everyday and at some point the Government must accept that it cannot save every life from Covid19 and that we must move on.

If we don’t we are doomed to a life of just existing whilst the national debt continues to out accelerate any potential infection curves!

 

The merchandise experts

“If it reduces the risk of another potential lockdown then it has to be the right thing to do…”

Phil Setter freedom day delay
Phil Setter Managing Director, Whitehouse Leidsure

PHIL SETTER MANAGING DIRECTOR WHITEHOUSE LEISURE

 

The announcement made on Monday wasn’t a surprise and was perhaps inevitable given what we know about the new D variant.

Naturally it’s frustrating that our lives won’t be returning to normality as soon as we expected and we’ll have to live with the impact of reduced capacities, social distancing and masks for a little longer.

However, we’re promised this will be a short delay and if it reduces the risk of another potential lockdown then it has to be the right thing to do. Hopefully we’ll all be back to normal for the vitally important summer holidays.

 

The amusements specialist

Eyes on the school holiday prize

Juston Burke freedom day delay
Justin Burke, Sega Arcade

JUSTIN BURKE SEGA ARCADE

 

It’s not unexpected, and certainly a continued inconvenience to continue with social distancing, mask wearing indoors etc…but thanks to Bacta’s excellent guidelines and operators who are now well versed to it the industry will carry on regardless.

Fingers crossed the new date is reality just in time for the school holidays.

 

The leisure trade association

Making relaxation permanent is the priority

Paul Kelly BALPPA freedom day delay
Paul Kelly CEO, BALPPA

PAUL KELLY CEO BALPPA

 

I think our members are more concerned about making any relaxation permanent.

The indoor attractions will need more support until the restrictions are lifted, but overall it seems to be being taken as a necessary move based on the information available.


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