HU WELCOMES DECISION TO BRING BACK LIVE MUSIC TO PUBS AND VENUES
01 July 2021
Hospitality Ulster has welcomed the Executive sign off on the commencement of live music again to hospitality venues across Northern Ireland.
From Monday 5 July, musicians and bands will be welcomed back into pubs and music venues for the first time since March 2020. The industry body is now urging the Executive to lift further restrictions on hospitality including the limited number allowed at tables in order to get the industry back to relative normality.
Joel Neill, Hospitality Ulster, Operations Director, said:
“It is a welcome announcement today that live music can return to our pubs and music venues. It has been a long 16 months for our musicians, and the wider sector, and today’s announcement is an another step towards normality. Music is a highly valuable offering within the hospitality industry, and as we enter into the summer months, customers will be looking for that overall entertainment experience.
“It has become clear that the vaccine programme has been an ongoing success, with hospital numbers remaining low, even with the slight increase in the Delta variant. Now it is time to lift other limiting restrictions which have been placed on the hospitality sector and allow us to get back to what we do best. We are watching as our colleagues in England get ready for their freedom day, while we remain in limbo with no firm timetable on the next stages out of lockdown. The Executive must engage with the sector, look at the data and allow us to reopen further.”