COVID-19: Club owner blames government mixed messages for poor reservations New Year’s Eve | UK News

On the last day of the year, Alex Proud’s nightclubs are still not sold out for New Year’s celebration.

The founder of the proud group that runs a club on the Embankment in London, told Sky News that the situation is “catastrophically bad”.

“We are not sold out yet, but the whole of the UK is like this. I’m talking to others in the industry and it’s a really serious situation.”

Mr. Proudly says the message around COVID rules are confusing and drive business away.

“It’s been pretty gloomy. We were sitting there waiting for Boris (Johnson) to say whether we can open or not, and we had hoped the public would respond.

“This is basically an eroded industry and we’re kicking it hard again. You catch COVID on the train, you catch it at work, you catch it when you unfortunately go to the hospital, from children when they go to school. “This place gets changed every seven minutes. It’s incredibly safe, and our staff tests every morning.”

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Proud Embankment is typically sold out for New Year’s Eve bookings in the first week of December, but Mr Proud says he’s struggling to fill the club this year. His venue in Brighton offers sales at half price.

“There are almost no staff here today, we are not sold out tonight and that story is the same all over the country. Venues that are usually sold out two weeks in advance are half sold out and we are screaming in pain.

“The bookings are massively down. In my venue in Brighton, we’re making a sale at half price now, and it’s unheard of anywhere. Your local pub is not making a sale on New Year’s Eve. It’s catastrophically bad.”

Alex Proud gives the government 'mixed messages'
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Alex Proud blames the government’s ‘mixed messages’

Sir. Proud says the absence of major New Year celebrations could have catastrophic consequences beyond his club.

“This is one of the few things Britain is famous for – its night industry, whether it’s Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh or London. That’s what we’re famous for, and if we destroy it, you’ll remove half of it. The reason people come to the UK. “

Unlike other parts of the UK, the Prime Minister of England has given major indoor New Year celebrations permission, but scientists say these are the perfect conditions for spreading COVID.

Professor Andrew Hayward, a member of the SAGE Advisory Group, told Sky News: “I find it strange that we are in a situation where we are concerned enough about the wave of Omicron to build new Nightingale capacity, but we are not worried. enough to suggest to people that New Year’s parties are not a good idea. “

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