Nightclub owners say new measures are not working for the sector

in News · 09-08-2020 20:00:00 · 0 Comments

A week after the new rules that allows nightclubs to function as pastry shops or cafes came into force, nightlife entrepreneurs reiterate the non-viability of the alternative and warn of the sector’s collapse.

“This is not going to solve anything. It is a non-response and causes the same problems to remain in the sector. What it says is that the nightclubs have to remain closed”, said José Gouveia, from the National Association of Night Clubs.

On 30 July, the Minister of State and the Presidency, Mariana Vieira da Silva, explained in the Council of Ministers that bars and clubs must remain closed unless the business are willing to operate under the rules set for cafes and pastry shops.

“The ones who thought they could do it, had already made it before the decision, but I insist that in disco clubs, due to their characteristics, the measure is impossible to be applied”, underlines José Gouveia.

“Nightclubs reach their peak from 1 am to 5 am. No nightclub can work until 8 pm”, stated João Fernandes, owner of three night-time establishments, in Lisbon.

According to Lusa, in Porto, no nightclub opened as a pastry or coffee shops.

“The new possibility does not come just with the timetable, but also with the necessity of having tables on the dance floor. It is a disco (…) tables do not dance or consume”, said António Fonseca, president of the Bars Association in Porto Historical Zone.

Liberto Mealha, president of the Disco Association of South and Algarve, considered that “the solution is not interesting” for nightclubs.


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