Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure
Clever measures help Gloucester’s nightlife prepare for the 4th July
After months of lockdown which shut down Gloucester’s night-time economy faster than prohibition, and which has threatened thousands of jobs county-wide, hopes are the Prime Minister has something important to say on the matter this afternoon (June 23).
The clever money appears to be on a July 4 return to business, with the two-metre social distancing measure being reduced to just one metre - so long as a few basic rules are followed.
This means that those pubs and restaurants able to meet the new measures, designed to help prevent the further spread of the covid-9 virus, will be able to open their doors once again.
Justin Hudson, owner of the Butlers Venue Bar in Eastgate Street and chairman of the city’s LVA (Licenced Victuallers Association), has pledged that neither his own bar, nor any other venue will re-open until and unless a “robust, reliable and rugged” set of measures are in in place to keep both staff and customers safe.
A return to the worst times of the lockdown was not an option, he said.
Championing his own highly valued staff, Mr Hudson said: “cleanliness is of the highest importance and all of the staff at Butlers have been trained in the use of a specialist product cleaning agent called Aktivora which is being be used ensure that Butlers is absolutely as clean as it is possibly can be.”
He added: “Aktivora is scientifically proven to last 24 hours-plus and it uses ‘seek and destroy’ technology to seek out and destroy all known virus’s – and some ‘unknow’ ones too.
“Hand sanitisers will be placed outside Butler’s front door and anyone entering our premises will be asked to sanitise their hands. Also, every part of the building will be ‘misted’ with Aktivora several times each day, ensuring that every table, ledge, door, toilet and surface will be kept safe and secure.
“We have also installed ‘sneeze shields’ in front of every bar in Butlers – not just at till points, but from end to end."
Mr Hudson, also vice chair of the Gloucester NIGHTSAFE Scheme, vice chairman of Gloucester BID and a director of Gloucester City Safe (a business crime reduction partnership (B.C.R.P.) believes even a partial re-opening could be a lifesaver to the many businesses who support Gloucester’s night-time and visitor economy.
It is thought a reduction in the social distancing measures from rtwo metres to one could transform the amount some in the sector can make if they are able to reopen - froom as much as 30 per cent to 70 per cent.
Along with other city leaders, including the chairman of Gloucester Bid, Kieran Bates, and the leader of the city council, Richard Cook, Mr Butler was also among the signatories of a recent and much applauded letter to Downing Street calling for support for the sector.
Mr Hudson added: “Come the July 4 Butlers will once again be open, every night of the week welcoming clients and customers, young and old and regulars or visitors to our great city and still thriving city."