Pub curfews could spark a ‘ surge in risky parties’
HOSPITALITY bosses have warned shutting pubs and restaurants at 10pm could cause a surge in house parties and a rise in coronavirus cases.
The Government said venues must close earlier from tomorrow in a bid to tackle rising infections.
But Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night- Time Industries Association, said the closures were a “devastating blow” to the already battered sector.
He said: “This curfew will lead to the demise of many of our most beloved cultural and entertainment venues.
“Businesses in the night- time economy are both shocked and disappointed by the Government’s continued targeting of restrictions on late- night venues and bars, when they have admitted most transmission takes place in households.
“As a result of this measure, we foresee a surge of house parties which are the real hotbeds of infection, attended by frustrated young people denied access to night- time hospitality venues.”
But Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said: “There is evidence that the longer venues stay open, the greater degree of social mixing that takes place.”