Ireland plans to overhaul licensing laws and extend club closing times

Speaking to Resident Advisor, Give Us The Night campaigner Sunil Sharpe called the news a “huge development.

Ireland’s justice minister, Helen McEntee, has unveiled new plans to overhaul current licensing laws and extend nightclub closing times. The commitments to nightlife were among around 200 measures included in McEntee’s Justice Plan 2021, which was announced on Monday, February 22nd. Though the plans are still to be finalised, they’re expected to include staggered and extended closing times for pubs and clubs, as well as a new annual permit to allow clubs to stay open past 2:30 AM, The Irish Times reports. “I fully acknowledge that we are talking about this at a time when much of that industry is closed,” McEntee told Newstalk. “What I want to say very clearly to that industry is that when you get back on your feet, we are going to be there to support you.”

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Enlightened: Planning and Designing Public Spaces for the Night

“Design all the public spaces you want for daylight but, once the sun sets, different opportunities come out to play. Fortunately, a new field of expertise has emerged for placemaking at night. A city’s nighttime economic vitality, culture, public health and — of course — safety can be enhanced by how public spaces are designed and how light is shaped.

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“NightClub” will focus on Post-Covid scenarios of the music and club scene.

VibeLab is hosting live discussions on the new voice focused social media app, clubhouse. The new weekly series called NIGHTCLUB, will take place each Thursday at 20:00 on the app.

Each week the talk series feature an international artist in conversation with guest speakers involved in the Global Nighttime Recovery Plan, bridging the world of nighttime governance, event operators and sciences to talk about relatable issues that the night time industry is facing.

This week we are discussing what are the positive outcomes that can emerge from the crisis.

Exploring how destruction can be the beginning of something new and the good within the bad.

Joining the discussion we have:

Booka Shade, legendary tech house duo who run the label Get Physical 

Dominique Greco

The City of Orlando's Nighttime Economy Manager. One of the first night time economy managers in the world, Dominique started the role in 2017 and has been paving the way in nighttime governance.

Ricardo Ramello, 

Founder of Club Futuro/ PhD on Night Time Economy and violence at Nottingham Trent University 
Yuko Asanuma

Music Journalist, Booking agent, Artist manager and Event promoter Berlin/Germany 
Lutz Leichsenring

Co-Founder VibeLab, Spokesperson Clubcommission Berlin/Germany
Camilo Ospina

 President of the Nightlife Association of Colombia (ASOBARES), Columbia
Moderated by public speaker entrepreneur, business consultant, Frank Sonder

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Join direct to clubhouse this Thursday 18th 20.00 CET

The Global Nighttime Recovery Plan is a collaborative, practical guide initiated by VibeLab for cities that are trying to determine the best way to design and execute a safe and feasible strategy to reopen and reactivate their creative and night-time economies.

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NTIA release report on Covid-19’s impact on UK Nightlife

An inquiry by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Nighttime Economy, releases a report on Covid 19 impact on UK nightlife.. The report consists of over over 20,0000 survey responses with over 100 submissions, thank you to everyone who took part in the survey, your findings have been presented to the government.

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Nightclubs and theatres could reopen with help of rapid Covid tests, Boris Johnson says

Rapid-turnaround coronavirus tests could be used to allow the reopening of nightclubs and theatresBoris Johnson has said.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, Mr Johnson again ruled out the use of “vaccine passports” as proof of immunity for people who want to go into pubs or entertainment venues.

But he indicated that once vaccination is widespread in the community, he believes there is a role for lateral flow tests, which provide results within minutes, to permit access to the destinations where social distancing rules are hardest to maintain.

However his comments have raised alarm among critics as the quick-turnaround lateral flow tests have raised concerns over false negative readings.

Read the full article in the Independent here

‘Health passports’ to be trialled at UK music venues

Original article published in Crack Magazine

The trials will be held at London’s 100 Club and Bristol’s Exchange.

A new ‘health passport’ system is set to be trialled in music venues in the UK as a step towards re-opening the live music sector as safely as possible. Created by the company You Check, the health passport system will make it possible for venue door staff to verify an event attendee’s name, age, ticket and Covid-19 test result in one place.

The first trials are taking place at 100 Club in London and Exchange in Bristol (pictured). Events will run at 25% capacity, and with two sets of tests on the same people. The trials are expected to begin in spring.

You Check is a start-up app which launched in mid-2019. The app was originally designed as a ticket/ID system to tackle touts and offer promoters a new line of communication with their audience. In the wake of Covid-19, and the postponement and cancellation of music events, the team behind the app adapted its systems to connect with track and trace software.

You Check are working with Music Venue Trust on the health passport app trials, which have now been approved by the government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Fred Krefting, founder and COO at You Check, told Event Industry News, “We’re working, not exclusively, with Innova in terms of testing – technology that looks for a viral load high enough to be contagious with 97 per cent plus accuracy. With Covid-19 the incubation period is two to five days. For the honeymoon phase after the test, it’s the shorter the better, which means you’re good to go to a show for 48 hours.”

“It’s important to work alongside government when running these pilots and we’re grateful to the DCMS for giving us the go-ahead.”

Mark Davyd, CEO of Music Venue Trust, said, “You Check’s identity first solution has a lot of potential to help venues and promoters manage risk.”

“It has a fast and thorough authentication process which enables health information to be stored against portable digital identity and Music Venue Trust is pleased to be working with You Check to explore how this technology might form part of a comprehensive process which enables us to reopen every venue safely.”

Original article published in Crack Magazine