Daily Express

Pub cur­fews could spark a ‘ surge in risky par­ties’

- By Steph Spyro Michael Gove

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.”

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