Nightclubs face balancing act between keeping their venues alive and protecting the health of the public.

Wired magazine covers the difficulties that nightclubs will face as a result of Corona virus.

“Nightclub owners, like those of other businesses, find themselves in a difficult balancing act between keeping their venues alive and protecting the health of the public. As Amsterdam’s first night mayor, Mirik Milan acted as the go-between between the city’s nightclubs and government. Today, he runs the VibeLab agency together with Lutz Leichsenring, a spokesperson for the Clubcommission Berlin to help the industry back on its feet. “Everybody’s saying ‘We’re making 100 per cent of the decisions with 50 per cent of the information’ and when it comes to nightclubs and nighttime establishments, that’s really problematic,” says Milan. The duo is working with other night mayors, club owners, as well as urban researchers from Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania on a recovery plan for the industry.”

The first chapter of the Global Nighttime Recovery Plan is due to release next week, stay tuned on Nighttime.org for guides on how governments can support with venues and event industry by utilising outdoor and public space for reopening in the open air.

“If we make nightlife clinical, we take away the essence.”

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“While nightclubs are finding creative ways to reopen safely with distanced seating, contact tracing, online ordering systems, and better ventilation and hygiene, it won’t be possible to remove all risk factors. It is unlikely we’ll see club managers walking around the venue telling people not to laugh or sing. “You don’t want your staff to be policing people that are speaking too loudly,” says Milan from VibeLab.

Read the full article in Wired