The proceedings, led by Sacha Lord, Greater Manchester’s nighttime economics adviser and backed by the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), come as the Prime Minister prepares to announce a new three-level locking system.
The lawsuit, also supported by pub and beer groups, seeks judicial review, arguing that there is no evidence to support the suggestion the hospitality venues contributed to the spread of COVID-19[feminine[feminine.
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Pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and concert halls have been devastated by the impact of coronavirus restrictions, which will be further tightened in some regions depending on the severity of the region affected by the pandemic.
At the same time, the government subsidy for paid holidays for temporarily laid-off workers is coming to an end and will be replaced by new employment support measures.
Michael Kill, chief executive of NTIA, said: “The industry has had no choice but to legally challenge the rhetoric of the government’s so-called ‘common sense’ approach to the implementation of new restrictions in the north of England.
“These new measures will have a catastrophic impact on late-night businesses and are further exacerbated by an insufficient financial support package presented by the Chancellor in an attempt to support businesses during this time.
“This next round of restrictions is grossly disproportionate and unfair, without scientific justification or correlation with rates of PHE (Public Health England) transmission, compared to other key environments.
“The systematic closure of businesses across the UK must be questioned in the absence of clear evidence or reasons. “
Mr Lord said local leaders had received “no tangible scientific evidence to justify a complete shutdown” of hospitality in the area.
But Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said ministers had “strong evidence to do this.”
He told Sky News: “Evidence shows that there is a higher risk of transmission in reception facilities. There is academic evidence from the United States. “