Failure to let nightclubs reopen ‘short-sighted ignorance’, says DJ – The Irish Times

The Irish nightlife industry has accused the Government of “short-sighted ignorance” in failing to allow it resume some form of activity under the new Covid-19 plan.

While most pubs and restaurants in Ireland have been given the go ahead to resume trading on some limited basis, nightclubs, discos, casinos and related venues have been told they must remain shut indefinitely.

Under the Government’s five-level Living with Covid-19 plan, the sector has been told it will remain closed even under Level 1, the lowest of five alert categories.

“Even in the best scenario there is no door open for the night-time industry to return,” said Sunil Sharpe, a DJ and spokesman for the Give Us The Night campaign.

Mr Sharpe said there were about 450 nightclubs and other venues in Ireland, employing thousands of people. Many of those remain without work, he said, and the issue of rent and closures is

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