'5,000 illegal parties over New Year's weekend', industry warns as pubs and clubs closed

The New Year shutdown of pubs and venues will lead to 5,000 illegal parties and raves, an industry body has warned. The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) said that the lack of options for people to mark the end of 2020 caused by the coronavirus restrictions would cause people to mix indoors with the potential for “millions of people converging across the UK”. The Government has urged people to celebrate New Year’s Eve at home this year as the nation is in the grip of a surge of Covid-19 cases associated with the new mutant strain. The majority of the country is now under strict Tier 4 restrictions, with pubs and venues forced to close even in lower tier areas. But the NTIA warned that the restrictions have created “frustration and angst” in a “socially starved” public and predicted that more than 5,000 parties will take place over the weekend in defiance of the rules. NTIA Chief executive Michael Kill said: “There is a growing concern from the Industry that the Government has underestimated the impact of restrictions on New Years Eve, which will see a substantial number of illegal parties and mass gatherings, culminating in social unrest.” He added: “The Government needs to consider ways in which to manage this grave situation, people will want to celebrate the end of 2020 in their own way. There needs to be some consideration given to the current restrictions on NYE, and a unified message, urging people to consider the impact of their actions." Sacha Lord, the Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester, said the closures would serve to “encourage house parties and outdoor gatherings”. He added: “It's inevitable we will see an increase of these on New Years Eve. I urge all those considering hosting or attending a gathering to think about those around them who may be vulnerable to Covid-19, and to put their health and safety first." The Government yesterday urged people to celebrate the New Year safely and stay at home.  Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Now more than ever, we need to pull together to save lives and protect our NHS. If we continue to do our bit by staying at home, we can get through this together.”

'5,000 illegal parties over New Year's weekend', industry warns as pubs and clubs closed

The New Year shutdown of pubs and venues will lead to 5,000 illegal parties and raves, an industry body has warned.

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) said that the lack of options for people to mark the end of 2020 caused by the coronavirus restrictions would cause people to mix indoors with the potential for “millions of people converging across the UK”.

The Government has urged people to celebrate New Year’s Eve at home this year as the nation is in the grip of a surge of Covid-19 cases associated with the new mutant strain.

The majority of the country is now under strict Tier 4 restrictions, with pubs and venues forced to close even in lower tier areas.

But the NTIA warned that the restrictions have created “frustration and angst” in a “socially starved” public and predicted that more than 5,000 parties will take place over the weekend in defiance of the rules.

NTIA Chief executive Michael Kill said: “There is a growing concern from the Industry that the Government has underestimated the impact of restrictions on New Years Eve, which will see a substantial number of illegal parties and mass gatherings, culminating in social unrest.”

He added: “The Government needs to consider ways in which to manage this grave situation, people will want to celebrate the end of 2020 in their own way. There needs to be some consideration given to the current restrictions on NYE, and a unified message, urging people to consider the impact of their actions."

Sacha Lord, the Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester, said the closures would serve to “encourage house parties and outdoor gatherings”.

He added: “It's inevitable we will see an increase of these on New Years Eve. I urge all those considering hosting or attending a gathering to think about those around them who may be vulnerable to Covid-19, and to put their health and safety first."

The Government yesterday urged people to celebrate the New Year safely and stay at home. 

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Now more than ever, we need to pull together to save lives and protect our NHS. If we continue to do our bit by staying at home, we can get through this together.”