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Updates on the Impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on the Nightlife Ecosystem

Community Ties: Understanding What Attaches People To The Place Where They Live 

  Knight Foundation

Community TiesMay 22, 2020 Dining and nightlife, a key part of arts and culture, are very important for 40-60% of residents across Knight Foundation cities and the nation. Nightlife is especially important for the youngest generations. Key findings from the latest report by the Knight Foundation and Urban Institute, titled, "Community Ties: Understanding what Attaches People to the Place where they Live."

READ MORECommunity Ties: Understanding What Attaches People To The Place Where They Live 

 

 

More Room For Food Lovers Coming to Downtown West Palm Beach

  WLRN News

West Palm Beach May 22, 2020 West Palm Beach city officials have announced a citywide program to support its local businesses during this difficult time. West Palm Beach business leaders introduced the Dining on the Spot Initiative, which will allow restaurants to extend their seating outdoors to closed streets, alleyways, and parking lots, while limiting the capacity to 50%. Collaboratively, West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, and the City of West Palm Beach have launched the Open-Air-Cafe Initiative to help restaurants in the Downtown West Palm Beach area "activate the social network of the city."

READ MOREMore Room For Food Lovers Coming to Downtown West Palm Beach

 

The UK's #SaveOurVenues Campaign

  DJ Mag

Uk's Save Nightlife May 21, 2020 The United Kingdom's Music Venue Trust initiated a #SaveOurVenues campaign to prevent music venues and clubs from permanently closing amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Appointed Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal, Neil Mendoza, created a new task force to help UK culture and heritage begin its road back to recovery. 

READ MOREUK Government Announces Recovery Taskforce For Culture Sector Post-Coronavirus

 

Operational Guidance: Bars

  Failte Ireland

Ireland Guidelines May 19, 2020 Ireland just released operational guidelines specific to #bars. Easy-to-read chart with procedures and protocols for pre-arrival, arrival, entry, bar areas and toilets. #SaveNightlife

READ MOREOperational Guidance: Bars

 

Arkansas' First Socially Distanced Concert

 Rolling Stone

First Concert since CoronaMay 19, 2020 A music venue in Fort Smith, Arkansas launched its first physically distanced concert, after much contention with Arkansas government officials. The venue, Temple Live, implemented a series of CDC recommended procedures, including reducing its audience capacity by 80% and requiring concertgoers to wear face masks. Temperature checks were taken for each patron and tape marked off "fan pod" seats to keep groups of patrons 6' away from each other. Restrooms were overseen to ensure no more than 10 individuals entered at any one time. 

READ MOREAmerica's First Pandemic Concert Shows How Far the Live-Music Industry Has to Go

 

Video shows Florida deputies break up party of close to 3,000 people

  Kron 4

House PartyMay 18, 2020 Why we need to urgently reopen nightlife: If we don't provide safe places to socialize, people will create their own block parties. Florida deputies broke up an outdoor party attended by nearly 3,000 people. A convicted felon was arrested for weapons possession. Deputies had bar stools and cups of alcohol thrown at them. We need to save nightlife now..

READ MOREVideo shows Florida deputies break up party of close to 3,000 people

 

A Maryland restaurant purchased 'bumper tables' that look like giant inner tubes to keep customers 6 feet apart

  Insider

Bumper tables May 18, 2020 Is this the future of dining and nightlife? A Maryland restaurant has purchased bumper tables to keep patrons apart while they enjoy their food and drink. The new normal? Welcome to a strange new world of physical distancing to save nightlife. 

READ MOREA Maryland restaurant purchased 'bumper tables' that look like giant inner tubes to keep customers 6 feet apart

 

Ready to Re-open Resource Guide for Hospitality Businesses

  Michigan Licensed Beverage Association

MLBAMay 18, 2020 A new reopening guide just released for hospitality businesses by Michigan Licensed Beverage Association. More relevant to restaurants with bars inside, but some content relevant to nightlife businesses. It covers 4 key areas: (1) Cleaning and Sanitation, (2) Social Distancing, (3) Monitoring Employee Health and Personal Hygiene, and (4) Food and Beverage Safety.

READ MOREReady to Re-open Resource Guide for Hospitality Businesses

 

Implementation for Reopening Businesses

  BuzzFeed

Hong Kong dining area May 18, 2020 See how other countries are reopening after Covid-19 lockdowns. Menus are being uploaded to Instagram; UV sanitation disinfects phones in gyms, and coronavirus robots are used to measure body temperatures. In bars and restaurants, clear barriers separate patrons from each other, as well as between patrons and employees. 

READ MORE23 Pictures of Reopening in Other Countries That Look a Bit Different Than What We're Seeing in the US

 

Pubs must adapt to end of spontaneous nights out

  Morning Advertiser

alicia's successMay 14, 2020 How will bars, pubs and clubs adapt to the post-COVID world? Read this synopsis of highlights from the paper by Philip Kolvin, past chair of the London Commission, and Alicia Scholer, RHI, on the radical changes that will be needed to save nightlife. 

READ MOREPubs must adapt to end of spontaneous nights out

 

How to Save our Nightlife After Coronavirus

  The Spectator

Bartender with Mask May 13, 2020 Check out what UK political and social commentator Nick Cohen with The Spectator considered the top takeaways from the article published by RHI Vice President, Alicia Scholer and Philip Kolvin, past chair of the London Night Time Commission and leading authority on licensing, on the future of the Social Economy and Sociable City Recovery.

READ MORE: How to save our nightlife after coronavirus

 

Virus outbreak linked to Seoul clubs popular with LGBT community stokes homophobia

  CNN

Seouls Outbreak May 13, 2020 There has been backlash and hate speech against the LGBT community in Seoul after 100 new COVID-19 cases were linked to nightlife venues associated with the gay scene. The latest outbreak led to a temporary closure of all bars and clubs in the South Korean capital. Contract tracing has proven difficult, as the LGBT community have been reluctant to reveal their real names and phone numbers for fear of the country's transparency policy to post names of COVID-positive patients. "Gays feel cornered. Either out yourself and potentially ruin your life, or stay in the closet but risk spreading corona."

READ MOREVirus outbreak linked to Seoul clubs popular with LGBT community stokes homophobia

 

UK Government's COVID-19 Recovery Strategy: What it Means for the Night-Time Economy

  Night Time Economy 

British PubMay 13, 2020 Read this deep dive analysis of the UK government's 60 page Covid-19 recovery stage document published on May 11th, and what it means for the nighttime economy in the UK. Written by Jo Cox-Brown with Night Time Economy Solutions.

READ MOREUK Government's COVID-19 Recovery Strategy: What it Means for the Night-Time Economy

 

Covid’s Metamorphoses: The Future of the Social Economy

  UK Institute of Licensing

Toasting at a festival May 12, 2020 What does the future hold for nightlife and the social economy? Read the just published article on the long-term impact of COVID19 on nightlife what it will take for sociable cities to recover. Article written by Philip Kolvin, past chair of the London Night Time Commission; Alicia Scholer, Vice President of RHI, and contributor Andreina Seijas.

READ MORECovid’s Metamorphoses: The Future of the Social Economy

 

The Inn at Little Washington Thinks Mannequins Will Make Social Distancing Less Awkward

  Eater Washington, DC

Mannequins May 12, 2020 Points for creativity but will DC diners go for this? Are mannequins the "new normal"? Welcome to a strange new world of physical distancing. "The D.C. area’s only restaurant with three Michelin stars, famous for show-stopping presentations of its haute American tasting menus, has come up with an equally theatrical — albeit, a little creepy — way to make its dining room fell less empty while social distancing protocols go into place."

READ MOREThe Inn at Little Washington Thinks Mannequins Will Make Social Distancing Less Awkward

 

No Social Distancing Required: Personal Protective Suit Concept Designed for Nightlife

   Core 77 

 New PPEApril 28, 2020 Behold, clubbers: the futuristic Personal Protective Suit. You can drink, vape, dance and listen to music while staying safe from #COVID19 in nightclubs. Design courtesy of Production Club.

 

READ MORENo Social Distancing Required: Personal Protective Suit Concept Designed for Nightlife

 

How can queer nightlife survive the coronavirus pandemic?

  Gay Times UK

Queer flagApril 27, 2020 "Though nightlife may be seen as non-essential for straight people, it’s often a lifeline for those in the LGBTQ+ community." Live-streaming club nights and virtual drag shows have provided a safe and fun social space for the queer community, especially if they have to shelter in place with family that may not yet embrace their identity.

READ MOREHow can queer nightlife survive the coronavirus pandemic?

 

'It's going to be doom and gloom for a while'...how Manchester's pubs, clubs and restaurants are battling to survive coronavirus

  Manchester Evening News

Manchester April 26, 2020 "The first to close and the last to re-open, the #HospitalityIndustry has been hit hard in Manchester, as in other cities. Many people moved to Manchester for the music scene, yet the pandemic has shown how vulnerable nightlife and music industries are. 

 READ MORE'It's going to be doom and gloom for a while'...how Manchester's pubs, clubs and restaurants are battling to survive coronavirus

 

Police in Poole use patrols to ensure no house parties or gatherings take place

  Daily Echo

Police April 26, 2020 Late night police patrols have switched gears from managing bar and pub crowds at closing time to monitoring house parties in residential areas in Poole and Purbeck, England. A police spokesperson stated, "Gatherings inside or outside, with members not of your household are not permitted. Whilst your freedom is understandably important, right now saving lives is more important. This wont last forever. Please support the NHS and do your bit."

 READ MOREPolice in Poole use patrols to ensure no house parties or gatherings take place

 

Cautious optimism in China as nightlife resumes after lockdown

  Resident Advisor 

April 24, 2020 What has it been like for nightlife in China to reopen? Less people are out and shows end earlier as patrons go home earlier. People wear masks on the dance floor. Local DJs get their chance in the spotlight as international acts are banned. Live music venues still haven't reopened. China is starting to get its groove back.

 READ MORECautious optimism in China as nightlife resumes after lockdown

 

Tens of thousands of door staff in need of lockdown support, says night tsar

  Morning Advertiser 

BouncerApril 23, 2020 Who's getting left behind in relief funds? Nightclub door supervisors a.k.a. bouncers. In the United Kingdom, there about 272,000 but most are self-employed or on zero-hours contracts, which qualifies for universal credit but is plagued with delays. They're a vital part of a safe nightlife experience, but many will be without a job if nightlife venues close. 

 READ MORETens of thousands of door staff in need of lockdown support, says night tsar

 

Restaurateurs Predict How COVID-19 Could Forever Change the Hospitality Industry

  Washington City Paper

Empty Venue April 23, 2020 Restaurateurs predict the future of dining in DC. For the businesses that do survive the pandemic, it's believed that the supply chain will get more local, independent restaurants will struggle the most, and off-premise dining (takeout/delivery) will become more popular as customers continue to have anxiety about being in small, enclosed crowded spaces. 

 

READ MORE: Restaurateurs Predict How COVID-19 Could Forever Change the Hospitality Industry

 

COVID-19 REOPENING GUIDANCE: A Guide for the Restaurant Industry

 National Restaurant Association 

Staff Covering Just released! Reopening guidelines for restaurants by the National Restaurant Association.

 

READ MORECOVID-19 REOPENING GUIDANCE: A Guide for the Restaurant Industry

 

New Brisbane committee to bolster city's live music venues

  Brisbane Times

Brisbane Band April 22, 2020 Brisbane, Australia starts a new committee on the Nighttime Economy, arts and community. The goal will be to support creative industry workers in nightlife without resorting to the restrictions that quashed Sydney's nightlife. 

 READ MORENew Brisbane committee to bolster city's live music venues

 

Trade-off between public and economic health must be found when pubs reopen’

  Morning Advertiser

Daniel davies April 22, 2020 Will hospitality and sociability be sacrificed when bars and pubs reopen? A thought piece by Daniel Davies, Rockpoint Leisure CEO and Institute of Licensing chairman, on the future of hospitality and finding a balance between economic recovery and public health. A start and stop approach (of opening then being forced to close) would be disastrous for the industry.

 READ MORETrade-off between public and economic health must be found when pubs reopen’

 

The Fragile Festival Economy

 New York Times 

Empty Venue April 21, 2020 "Festivals exist in a...symbiotic relationship with their host towns: A range of industries, including hospitality and gig workers...count on events." When will people feel safe to attend events again in the Creative Economy? South by Southwest will be on in 2021, but what events of the future will be like is still unknown.

READ MORE: The Fragile Festival Economy 

 

Every Red Light Eventually Turns Green

  Bar & Restaurant

Chef Mask April 21, 2020 Tips on how to prepare bars and restaurants to re-open in phases by Doug Radkey with KRG Hospitality Inc. Start with a limited food and beverage menu, gradually ramp up staffing and audit your washroom sanitation. We have to rebuild trust with the public to save nightlife and prepare for Sociable City Recovery.

READ MORE: Every Red Light Eventually Turns Green

 

Here’s What Eating Out Might Look Like When Restaurants Reopen

  Eater 

Temp taken in public space April 21, 2020 What's it like going out at night in Hong Kong? To dine out, patrons must submit to a temp check, sign a health waiver, give contact info, split up groups to 4 or less, be seated 6 ft away from other diners, and not hang out at the bar while drinks are prepared. Do-able, but lonely and uncomfortable. Could this be a vision of America's future?

 

READ MORE: Here’s What Eating Out Might Look Like When Restaurants Reopen

 

How China's Bars & Restaurants are Restoring Consumer Confidence After COVID-19

  LinkedIn

China Nightlife April 20, 2020 Are we willing to sacrifice privacy to be allowed to re-enter society like in China? Find out how some cities in China are reopening bars and restaurants and allowing people to re-enter public spaces. Imagine, partying at a club mask-free! Would Americans be willing to do temperature checks logged into an app and have their whereabouts tracked in return for being able to go back out? "Ultimately, if consumers don't feel safe going out, they will stay inside. For businesses, that's just as bad as a continued lockdown."

READ MORE: How China's Bars & Restaurants are Restoring Consumer Confidence After COVID-19

 

Revealed: nearly 100 US transit workers have died of Covid-19 amid lack of basic protections

 The Guardian

Bus YellowApril 20, 2020 Nearly 100 U.S. transit workers have died from #COVID19. Thousands more are in quarantine. From mechanics and maintenance workers, bus drivers and subway operators, tranist workers lack Personal Protective Equipment to protect their health. Only a few cities require passengers to wear masks. Removing fees has led to homeless populations to use buses as shelter, making it difficult to maintain physical distance requirements. 

READ MORE: Revealed: nearly 100 US transit workers have died of Covid-19 amid lack of basic protections

 

Map of Night Mayors

Team Where are all the Night Mayors, Nightlife Offices and Nighttime Commissions? Check out this interactive global map, updated in real-time, thanks to Andreina Seijas and Mirik Milan.

VIEW MAP HERE: Map of Night Mayors

 

There Will Be No Grand Reopening for Restaurants

  Eater

Sign April 17, 2020 What will be the "new normal" for dining out in restaurants? California governor Gavin Newsom speculates that servers will wear gloves, menus will be disposable, half the tables will be removed and your temperature will be checked before you can enter. "Restaurateurs told researchers they have a 72 percent chance of survival if the crisis lasts one month — but if it persists for four months, they give themselves just a 30 percent chance of survival. If it lasts for six months, they put their chances at 15 percent. Should restaurants apply for more loans on the assumption that they won’t reopen until later? Or should they seek less debt hoping to open sooner?"

READ MORE: There Will Be No Grand Reopening for Restaurants

 
What Does the Future Hold for Cities, Suburbs, and Rural Areas?

RHI Summary of IEDC’s Webinar on COVID-19:

A Ten-Point Action Plan for Economic Developers

Holding cityVisionary and futurist, Richard Florida, world-renowned author of The Rise of The Creative Class, and Steven Pedigo, professor at University of Texas at Austin, presented a webinar on April 6, 2020, which was hosted by the The International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
 
“There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. We have to all work together to get there,” concluded Richard Florida. 

Read more...
 

People Are Paying Real Money to Get Into Virtual Zoom Nightclubs

 Bloomberg

April 14, 2020 How is nightlife adapting to shutdown orders? It's going online with virtual party experiences. And believe it or not, people are paying money to get in to multi-room virtual nightclubs monitored by online bouncers to confirm guests meet the dress code. The high-end "bottle service" experience is being replicated with private parties where guests can dance alongside burlesque dancers and the DJ.

READ MORE: People Are Paying Real Money to Get Into Virtual Zoom Nightclubs

 

America is drinking its way through the coronavirus crisis – and that's no party

 Philly Voice

LiquorApril 11, 2020 Alcohol sales online and at liquor stores are through the roof. Why should we be worried? "Off-premise sales of alcohol are more likely to be associated with violent crime than drinking in a bar or restaurant, as the drinking takes place without the presence of servers and other patrons." We need to save our nightlife venues.

READ MORE: America is drinking its way through the coronavirus crisis – and that's no party

 

The International Nightlife Association incorporates a sanitary certification to its international safety certification

 Nightlife International

Venue Cleaning April 8, 2020 How can nightlife venues keep patrons safe once doors reopen post-COVID19? The International Nightlife Association just released standards for a Sanitized Venue Certification. Initiatives include cleaning entrance areas and tables multiple times a day, hand sanitizer dispensers, masks and gloves for workers, once a month nebulizer disinfection of venues, AC units to promote constant airflow, and removal of items from the bar like straws, napkins, and coasters. Contact-free methods of payment and ordering will be introduced and credit card payments will be encouraged. Members of Asobares, Colombia's nightlife association, have already begun nebulizer disinfection.  

READ MOREThe International Nightlife Association incorporates a sanitary certification to its international safety certification

 

Jon Taffer on How the Bar Industry Will Change After COVID-19

 Bar Business Magazine

Bar serverApril 8, 2020 How will bars change after COVID-19? Jon Taffer, host of Bar Rescue, predicts a loss of 40-60% interior capacity to allow for greater physical distance, more limited/specialized menus, and Personal Protective Equipment worn by staff to increase public health and cleanliness. He thinks 30-40% businesses simply won't reopen. 

READ MORE: Jon Taffer on How the Bar Industry Will Change After COVID-19

 

Mayor Halts Plan to Open Streets to Social-Distancing Pedestrians, Citing Lack of Resources

 CityLimits

Open Streets NYCApril 6, 2020 How can you create more public space to solo-exercise outdoors in dense, urban areas like New York City? Close the streets! Unfortunately, the "Safe Streets" pilot program was cancelled after just eleven days. Mayor de Blasio's office cited an under-use by the public and need to allocate police enforcement to other, higher priority duties. The cancellation has been met with pushback by stakeholders like Danny Harris, director at Transportation Alternatives: “Our city has a long history of BIDs, block associations, crossing guards, transit advocacy groups, and volunteers who can step forward to support with enforcement."

READ MORE: Mayor Halts Plan to Open Streets to Social-Distancing Pedestrians, Citing Lack of Resources

 

Nocturnal Governance in times of social distancing: The role of cities in saving nighttime industry and culture.

 VibeLab

Depopulated HawksApril 5, 2020 Andreina Seijas, a teaching fellow and doctoral candidate at Harvard University School of Design, posits that similar to 9/11, COVID-19 will likely reshape some of the habits and norms of sociability. Forty five cities around the world with a night mayor or nighttime economy manager already in place will likely benefit from their advocacy and leadership during the recovery and transition period. Among the topics that will need to be reconsidered will include venue capacity, density, and continued loosening of licensing restrictions.

READ MORENocturnal Governance in times of social distancing: The role of cities in saving nighttime industry and culture.

 

Around Town: We're living a virtual nightlife

 Timesleader

Virtual Happy HourApril 4, 2020 Virtual happy hours are becoming the new norm as people across the country continue to shelter in place. Even First Friday has gone digital, so you can check out local art and music while relaxing in your pajamas. It just goes to show that we are social creatures who need to connect - virtually, for now, until we get to In Real Life (IRL) again. 

READ MOREAround Town: We're living a virtual nightlife

 

No Seat At The Table For Restaurants: CARES Act Leaves Hospitality Industry Hanging

  Forbes

Cares Act leaves hospitality  industries with little benefits April 3, 2020 The CARES Act was passed under the $2 trillion stimulus package to help relieve small businesses that were in danger of permanently closing. However, much of the hospitality industry, which includes restaurants, nightclubs, and bars, cannot reap the full benefits from this relief package. Andrew Rigie, Executive Director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, explains how it would be difficult for businesses to rehire staff at pre-pandemic levels before June. It is not clear if bars and restaurants will even be allowed to open by then, or if people will feel safe to go out.   These are questions the hospitality industry faces, making many unable to meet the criteria as outlined by the CARES Act: “a businesses’ employee headcount has to be approximately the same two months after the loan is originated, as it was before the pandemic hit."

READ MORENo Seat At The Table For Restaurants: CARES Act Leaves Hospitality Industry Hanging

 

Burnley bar owner wants to call time on 'damaging; late-night drinking culture after lockdown

 Burnley Express

BurnleyApril 3, 2020 A UK nightlife venue owner suggests nightlife venue operators use the closure to strategize how to improve nightlife when bars reopen. Hot topics in Burnley, England are concerns about fake IDs, public drinking, and the later closing time in comparison to other nearby destinations. James Gibb, owner of the Illuminati, believes that nightlife in Burnley was already on the decline pre-COVID-19. Burnley tends to be the last stop for nightlife patrons, who leave venues in neighboring cities, which close at 3am. He believes that all venues lose out on revenue, for if nightlife patrons go out until 6am, it's unlikely they'll go out the following night, too. 

READ MOREBurnley bar owner wants to call time on 'damaging; late-night drinking culture after lockdown

 

New York Club Legend Discusses Ebb and Flow of Nightlife

Rolling Stone

The Club KingApril 1, 2020 The news about the closing of nightlife social venues and impact on their employees and supply chain providers spreads throughout the world while there is also a movement to save the culture and creatives nightlife brings to a city. In a Rolling Story review of The Club King by Peter Gatien and reporter Shawn McCreesh summarizes the author's life in New York’s nightlife rise and fall. It begins during the dramatic rise of disco and legendary Limelight in the 1970's through the fall and rise in the 1990's.  

READ MORESex, Drugs, and the Glory Days of NYC Nightlife: Peter Gatien Looks Back

 

New website set to stream Greater Manchester art and culture around the world

  ITV News 

ManchesterMarch 28, 2020 United We Stream launches tonight to support Manchester's art, culture and entertainment to help save nightlife. Donations will help support artists, musicians and entertainers. The model was created by Lutz Leichsenring to support Berlin's nightlife and has been replicated by Nighttime Economy Advisor Sacha Lord in the UK.

READ MORENew website set to stream Greater Manchester art and culture around the world

 

CurbFlow pilot reduced double parking in DC by 64%

  SmartCitiesDive 

Curbside parkingNovember 14, 2019 Unintended outcome of food and beverage businesses switching to take-out and delivery only: an influx of pick-up and delivery customers. Curbside pick-ups have resulted in double parking. Luckily, there's an app called CurbFlow to help. Drivers can now reserve loading zone time in advance or on-demand. These grab and go (or pick up and delivery) zones are the new trend to help manage traffic and parking from pick-up and delivery of food from bars and restaurants during COVID19 shelter-in-place orders.

READ MORECurbFlow pilot reduced double parking in DC by 64%

 

Closing time: The heartbreaking silence of a city at night, when nightlife has been outlawed

  The Guam Daily Post

YoPhillyMarch 27, 2020 "The nights are how we define ourselves, and how we find our tribe..The city is a refuge for people who want a new life. Maybe they don't fit in. They create a new family for themselves, a chosen family or an alter ego." Thoughtful comments about the role that nightlife plays in our lives. 

READ MOREClosing time: The heartbreaking silence of a city at night, when nightlife has been outlawed

 

In Italy, the mundane has become sociable

  Arab News

Italy Grocery StoreMarch 27, 2020 In Rome, the only place left to socialize is the grocery store. Friends coordinate trips to the store so they can chat in line, keeping their social distance of course. Some go multiple times a day just to interact and see a friendly face. Older adults especially comment that they can barely figure out how to use their phone, much less initiate a video chat. It just goes to show that in the end, we are all social beings and crave human interaction -- in person.

READ MOREIn Italy, the mundane has become sociable

 

Tips for implementing social distancing in venues

  Hospitality Magazine

Tips for Social DistanceMarch 26, 2020 Tips on how food and beverage businesses and restaurants can maintain social distance rules for take-out to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Go cash free, create pick-up zones outside, stack up or rope off seating areas, and promote pre-orders. Read article for more tips.

READ MORETips for implementing social distancing in venues

 

Local restaurant owners and supportive organizations work together to continue serving the community amid new restrictions 

  New Times SLO

Curb_side Pick upMarch 26, 2020 Pre-batched cocktails and family meal packages that last for multiple days are among the creative ways that San Luis Obispo, CA dining and nightlife businesses are staying afloat during COVID-19. Customers are allowed to wait in their cars in designated 30-minute metered spots to wait for pre-ordered food and drink to be prepared for curbside pick up. Downtown San Luis Obispo cites International Downtown Association and the National Trust Main Street Center for the ideas. 

READ MORELocal restaurant owners and supportive organizations work together to continue serving the community amid new restrictions 

 

The Coronavirus Is Sending Lots Of Younger People To The Hospital

 Buzzfeed News

QuarantineMarch 25, 2020 PSA to young people: you are not immune to coronavirus or invincible. Young people continue to party on beaches, hiking trails and destination cities by taking   advantage of cheap flights. In New York City, 1 in 4 people hospitalized for COVID-19 (coronavirus) are between 18-49 yrs old.

 

 

READ MOREThe Coronavirus Is Sending Lots Of Younger People To The Hospital

 

“We are all in it together” – Responses from the global nightlife industry’s frontline of defence

 Nightime

All in This TogetherMarch 24, 2020 Check out the interview with global nightlife leaders and Night Mayors on how they're handling the #COVID19 crisis. “This really is a global situation; we are all in it together,” concludes Ariel Palitz, NYC Night Mayor. 

 

 READ MORE“We are all in it together” – Responses from the global nightlife industry’s frontline of defence

 

Virtual 'Love Sweet Love' From Quarantined Berklee College of Music Students

  NPR

Virtual LoveMarch 24, 2020 Check out a virtual version of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's  "Love Sweet Love" by quarantined Berklee College of Music students. After seeing the video, Bacharach commented, "It's great seeing them find ways to be creative and stay connected to each other while maintaining social distance." 

READ MOREVirtual 'Love Sweet Love' From Quarantined Berklee College of Music Students

 

With self-isolation top of mind, David Vincent explains the differences between solitude and loneliness

  Globe and Mail

David VincentMarch 24, 2020 Ironic timing for a book on the History of Solitude to be published during COVID-19. Although we actively seek out some forms of solitude, like gardening, meditation and crosswords, imposed solitude and self-isolation can lead to loneliness. " 

READ MOREWith self-isolation top of mind, David Vincent explains the differences between solitude and loneliness

 

What Happens if the Supply Chain is Broken Due to COVID-19

 Food Dive 

Empty RefrigeratorMarch 23, 2020 While it is inevitable that restaurants and other social venues will be opening again, the process of recovery may depend upon the viability of the supply chain. This begins with farmers planting crops impacted labor shortages and access to the supply of seed, fertilizer and equipment. Once harvested, the crop will have to be transported by truckers to processors, packaging, warehousing, and ultimately delivered to the venues. Many of these chains will also be in the midst of seeking federal support and insurance claims held up by interpretation. Food inspections, especially from foreign sources, are being reduced. As attention to the restaurants, bars and entertainment venues and their staff is important, it will be a strong supply chain that will bring the jobs back. 

READ MOREWhat Happens if the Supply Chain is Broken Due to COVID-19 

 

Korean government advises closure of religious, sports, nightlife establishments for 2 weeks

  Hankyoreh

Korea ParkMarch 23, 2020 South Korean government will add "teeth" to social distance rules. If sports and nightlife businesses don't comply with two-week closures til April 5, 2020, they can be fined for cost of hospitalization, treatment and quarantine. The same goes for patrons who visit high-risk businesses. While the rate of COVID-19 cases remains stable, authorities are concerned about a new wave of cases.

 READ MORES. Korean government advises closure of religious, sports, nightlife establishments for 2 weeks

 

COVID-19 AND THE FILM, MUSIC, NIGHTLIFE, AND EVENT INDUSTRIES

  Seattle Government

Seattle Skyline March 20, 2020 Seattle Office of Film and Music has organized resources for the Seattle film, music, nightlife and events industries impacted by COVID-19. 

 READ MORECOVID-19 AND THE FILM, MUSIC, NIGHTLIFE, AND EVENT INDUSTRIES

 

Coronavirus: Kiwi hospitality industry facing grim reality amid pandemic

  NZ Stuff

Restaurant SignMarch 23, 2020 Capacity for New Zealand bars and restaurants is capped at 100 during the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The public has expressed concerns about bars and restaurants remaining open at all, while hospitality business operators report it's a struggle to even get 100 patrons at one time. The Restaurant Association of New Zealand reports bars and eateries are losing an estimated $10 million a week, with some restaurants reporting losses of more than 60%.

 READ MORECoronavirus: Kiwi hospitality industry facing grim reality amid pandemic

 

Why Are We So Wired to Connect?

Greater Good Magazine 

Social

March 23, 2020 A review of Matthew Lieberman Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect provides insights on the importance of social connections. The reviewer points out that Lieberman, a social neuroscientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, outlines the fascinating neurological evidence for the primacy of social connections in our lives. Lieberman’s research shows that “having social connection is as important to health outcomes as not smoking. Our experience of pain is lessened by the presence of those we love and our sense of worth is connected to our social standing more than to our monetary wealth. He cautions against working so hard or remaining so isolated that we eschew social ties.”

READ MOREWhy Are We So Wired to Connect? 

 

Interview with Andrew Rigie, Executive Director of NY Hospitality Alliance, on what Nightlife Businesses Need to Survive

 Fox 5 Good Day N3

Restaurant SignMarch 23, 2020 Listen to Andrew Rigie, Executive Director of the NY Hospitality Alliance, review what New York City nightlife businesses need to survive. Suggestions include ordering take-out directly from businesses instead of through 3rd-party delivery services. Government needs to cap fees to 10%. Tip delivery workers well!

 

 READ MOREInterview with Andrew Rigie, Executive Director of NY Hospitality Alliance, on what Nightlife Businesses Need to Survive

 

Brown-Forman Corporation Today Announced a Donation of $1 Million to COVID-19 Response Funds

 Brown-Forman 

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March 23, 2020 Brown Forman is donating to multiple relief funds to help save nightlife and hospitality industry employees and businesses. Donations have been made to Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation and US Bartenders Guild. “We are announcing today donations totaling $1 million that will enable us to give back to the people and communities that mean so much to our company," states Lawson Whiting, Chief Executive Officer, Brown-Forman Corporation. 

READ MOREBrown-Forman Corporation Today Announced a Donation of $1 Million to COVID-19 Response Funds

 

This will help me to save: Partygoers react as pubs, shebeens close shop

  City Press

House PartyMarch 22, 2020 South Africa nightlife businesses must close at 6pm under new rules. Many don't even open until 11pm. Business owners are concerned about how they will pay staff and keep their businesses afloat. Patrons are starting to host slumber parties at home in response, potentially increasing risk of spreading COVID-19.

 READ MOREThis will help me to save: Partygoers react as pubs, shebeens close shop

 

Coronavirus: bars in Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong’s nightlife hub will accept tougher measures if government helps with wages and rents, says mogul Allan Zeman

  South China Morning Post

Hong KongMarch 22, 2020 Hong Kong's Lan Kwai Fong nightlife district, which has 100 bars, clubs and restaurants, will agree to limited hours to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus if the government agress to pay workers' salaries and helps owners with rent. Up until now, restaurants and bars have been operating as normal but carrying out extra sanitising measures.

 READ MORECoronavirus: bars in Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong’s nightlife hub will accept tougher measures if government helps with wages and rents, says mogul Allan Zeman

 

Savannah bar managers prepare for closures due to COVID-19

 Fox 28 Media

SavannahMarch 20, 2020 Savannah nightlife came to a halt this past weekend as all bars and clubs were shut down on Saturday. Venues are hard hit, especially after Savannah's St. Patrick's Day festivities were cancelled. The festival usually generates enough revenue to tide over venues during the slow season.

 

 READ MORESavannah bar managers prepare for closures due to COVID-19

 

Getting alcohol delivered has never been easier in these states because of coronavirus

Sacramento Bee

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March 20, 2020 Many states are allowing restaurants and bars to sell alcohol as take-out or delivery with food. Get a breakdown of states participating in regulatory relief. An example of how government can help save dining and entertainment businesses. In California,  restaurants can temporarily sell “beer, wine, and pre-mixed drinks or cocktails,” for delivery or pick-up if it has “a secure lid or cap” along with food, according to The Mercury News.

READ MOREGetting alcohol delivered has never been easier in these states because of coronavirus

 

Arts Ministers Meet in Race to Save The Music Industry from Collapse

 The Music Network

street musicians March 19, 2020 Australian leaders met to develop a coronavirus survival package for the music and arts sectors. The Support Act is already underway - a funding campaign to help arts workers and performers. Federal arts minister Paul Fletcher argued that the music industry "should be viewed with the same urgency as accorded to airlines and tourism."

READ MOREArts Ministers Meet in Race to Save The Music Industry from Collapse

 

Restaurant Closing Checklist: COVID-19

 NYC Hospitality Alliance

Statue of LibertyMarch 19, 2020 Need a checklist for closing your restaurant? Check out this downloadable resource with tips on food safety, food inventory and tech. Information was compiled by the NYC Hospitality Alliance 

READ MORERestaurant Closing Checklist: COVID-19

 

Notice of Regulatory Relief

 California Alcoholic Beverage Control

Delivery GuyMarch 19, 2020 California bars and restaurants: you can now home deliver alcohol with food! One of the ways Governor Newsom has loosened alcohol laws. Businesses can also return unused alcohol to manufacturers and wholesalers. An example of how governments can provide regulatory relief for bars and restaurants. 

READ MORENotice of Regulatory Relief

 

Roland Dransfield launches #PayItForward to help beleaguered bars in wake of coronavirus

 Prolific North

PayitFowardMarch 18, 2020 #PayItForward by buying a gift voucher at your favorite bar and restaurant in Manchester, England. £1 from each voucher will go to Hospitality Action, the charity supporting mental health of hospitality industry staff. Initiative thanks to agency Roland Dransfield and Greater Manchester’s Night Time Economy Adviser, Sacha Lord.

READ MORERoland Dransfield launches #PayItForward to help beleaguered bars in wake of coronavirus

 

Emergency Funds for Freelancers, Creatives Losing Income During Coronavirus

  KQED

DJ CoolMarch 18, 2020 Directory of relief funds to support Bay Area creative industry workers, freelancers, musicians, performing artists and nightlife workers.

READ MOREEmergency Funds for Freelancers, Creatives Losing Income During Coronavirus

 

SF Queer Nightlife Fund Launches to Bring Financial Relief to the Community

 Sfist

Golden Gate Bridge March 18, 2020 A fund has started to help queer nightlife artists and workers in San Francisco to provide financial relief during the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Bartenders, servers, nightlife entertainers, vendors, producers, organizers and many more qualify. Funds will be used to help pay for “life-line expenses,” such as rent and medical insurance. “The Bay Area is known worldwide as a center for amazing queer nightlife. Let's keep that nightlife alive by lending a helping hand to those who need our help in these trying times," states steering committee member Race Bannon.

READ MORESF Queer Nightlife Fund Launches to Bring Financial Relief to the Community

 

Coronavirus: Orlando, Ocala cops won’t enforce restaurant limits

 Central Florida News

Cop Image March 18, 2020 Orlando and Ocala, Florida police report they don't plan to enforce the 50% occupancy limits at restaurants. The hope is that businesses will voluntarily abide by the new rules set by Governor Ron DeSantis. The mayor doesn't believe people should be arrestsed for congregating in restaurants. 

READ MORECoronavirus: Orlando, Ocala cops won’t enforce restaurant limits

 

COVID-19 Shuts Down Bars and Nightclubs. Bradenton Liquor Stores are Picking Up the Slack

 Bradenton Herald 

Alcohol March 18, 2020 Liquor stores see skyrocketing sales as bars and nightclubs are forced to close in Florida. Liquor store managers report that yesterday (when nightlife venues were forced to close) was the biggest sales day since Christmas Eve. Yet who's going to cut off home drinkers when they've over-consumed? Bartenders play a critical role in nightlife venues, which are safer than unmonitored house parties.

 

 READ MORECOVID-19 Shuts Down Bars and Nightclubs. Bradenton Liquor Stores are Picking Up the Slack

 

How the Coronavirus Crisis Is Devastating New York City’s Nightlife Community

 PitchFork  

DJMarch 17, 2020 What does it mean for 25k NYC nightlife venues to temporarily close during #COVID19? Nightlife employs an entire economy of gig workers and freelancers - promoters, local and touring DJs, booking agents, lighting artists, door workers, security guards, and bartenders. Hospitality employees often live paycheck-to-paycheck with no safety net. "It’s a community of people who might not be comfortable working in traditional, or even tech, spaces. Instead, it’s a place where marginalized people, the trans community, and people of color have found stable and safe work."

READ MOREHow the Coronavirus Crisis Is Devastating New York City’s Nightlife Community

 

New York Nightlife Only Dropped 7% As Coronavirus Warnings Jumped, Foursquare Data Shows

 Forbes 

Crowds of PeopleMarch 18, 2020 Do you think warnings about the spread of coronavirus stopped people from going out? Think again. Nightlife visits are only down 4% nationwide per FourSquare, despite warnings not to go out. Foot traffic to nightlife spots declined just 7% in New York and 15% in Los Angeles between 2/19-3/13 (prior to forced business closures).

READ MORENew York Nightlife Only Dropped 7% As Coronavirus Warnings Jumped, Foursquare Data Shows

 

NYC Bans Pooled Rides for Uber, Lyft, Via to Limit Coronavirus Spread

 NY Daily News

NYC SkylineMarch 17, 2020 Social distance rules apply to Uber, Lyft and Via in New York City to limit the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Private rides will be allowed, but not shared/carpool rides for ride-share services. Uber senior vice president Andrew Macdonald said the company’s pool service had been suspended across the U.S. and Canada starting Tuesday 3/17/2020 in an effort to contain the virus.

 
READ MORENYC Bans Pooled Rides for Uber, Lyft, Via to Limit Coronavirus Spread

 

NY State Liquor Authority's Liberalized Alcohol Rules for Bars and restaurants in Response to COVID-19

NYC Hospitality Alliance

NYC March 17, 2020 New York State Liquor Authority )SLA) has liberalized alcohol rules in three key areas for bars and restaurants: Alcohol pick-up and delivery; license safekeeping; and returns of alcohol to wholesalers and manufacturers. Venues can sell alcohol to customers for pick-up and delivery if three conditions are met: (1) alcohol is in original container (e.g. bottle of wine) or a sealed container (e.g. mixed drink in a to-go cup); (2) wine and spirits are purchased with food; (3) bars and restaurants can make home deliveries if a copy of the venue's alcohol license is in the vehicle. If businesses make the decision to temporarily close their doors, they are not required to place their license in safekeeping with SLA, even though under normal circumstances you would be required to. Finally, alcohol purchased by a bar or restaurant between 3/1/20 and 3/17/20 may be returned to the wholesaler or manufacturer who they purchased the alcohol from in return for credit, at the option of the wholesaler or manufacturer. Wholesalers and manufacturers are not required to accept returns for credit, but if they do, they are required to do so for everyone. 

READ MORENY State Liquor Authority's Liberalized Alcohol Rules for Bars and restaurants in Response to COVID-1

 

Florida bars, nightclubs must close for next 30 days

Florida Today

Florida Beaches March 17, 2020 Florida's bars and nightclubs will be forced to close for 30 days starting at 5:00 p.m. on Tues, March 17th, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis has announced. Restaurants will have to abide by new rules: they must limit their occupancy to 50%, keep groups of patrons 6 feet apart, groups cannot exceed 10 people, and employees will be screened with "trigger questions" for COVID-19 symptoms and recent travel history.

 

READ MORE: CoronaVirus Bevard County: Florida bars, nightclubs must close for next 30 days

 

B.C. Declares Public Health Emergency, Orders Bars and Nightclubs to Close

  National Post 

DC March 17, 2020 British Columbia has closed all bars and nightclubs. Cafes and restaurants must switch to take-out only or implement social distancing procedures to stop the spread of #COVID19. British Columbia declared a public health emergency Tuesday 3/17/2020 after reporting three new COVID-19 deaths and 83 more cases of the virus.

 

 READ MOREB.C. Declares Public Health Emergency, Orders Bars and Nightclubs to Close

 

What The Hell Are Bar And Restaurant Workers Supposed To Do For The Next Few Months?

 Buzzfeed News

SidewalkMarch 17, 2020 Adult lemonade stands with craft cocktails by the quart and drag shows from home are among the creative ways nightlife workers and business owners are coping with business closures during the spread of coronavirus. Service and hospitality workers are at a higher risk than many other professions of catching the coronavirus because of their close proximity to customers. Many often take public transportation to work, where they are then handling money, food, and drinks — often in enclosed spaces.

READ MOREWhat The Hell Are Bar And Restaurant Workers Supposed To Do For The Next Few Months?

 

Largest Taxi-Medallion Loan Creditor Pauses Collections for Shaken Industry

 Crain's New York Business

NYC TaxiMarch 17, 2020 New York City taxi drivers get a 30 day break from paying medallion loans to keep cars on the road during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Private equity firm, Marblegate Asset Management, recently purchased a portfolio of 3,500 distressed medallion loans.  

  

 


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: Largest Taxi-Medallion Loan creditor pauses collections for Shaken Industry

 

NYC Night Mayor Ariel Palitz asking nightlife workers to report lost coronavirus income 

 BrooklynVegan 

Team Building March 17, 2020 NYC Night Mayor Ariel Palitz is gathering information on lost income due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The survey is for workers, performers, independent contractors, and business owners in New York City nightlife, including bars, live music venues, nightclubs, lounges, restaurants, and other social and cultural spaces. Information to be collected includes canceled shifts, gigs, events, and other lost business income, revenue, or work opportunities so that she can share details with city-wide policy makers about the impacts of business closures. Data will be anonymous and aggregated. 
READ MORE: NYC Night Mayor Ariel Palitz asking nightlife workers to report lost cornonavirus income 

 

Last call in New Orleans as police disperse crowds due to COVID-19 Restrictions

 Microsoft News

Bourbon StreetMarch 17, 2020 “I can’t give you Antoine’s on Grub Hub" laments a #NOLA biz owner after LA governor closes bars and restricts restaurants to take-out. Police have started to enforce the no-congregation rules on Bourbon Street, as revelers continued until last night to go out. Yet the spirit of #NOLA is one of resilience. They came back after 9/11 and Katrina; they'll return after #COVID-19. 

 

READ MORELast call in New Orleans as police disperse crowds due to COVID-19 Restrictions

 

State-by-State Impact of COVID-19 on Nightlife

USA Today

Corona Virus US MapMarch 16, 2020 Five states are requiring all bars and restaurants to close. Others are limiting bars and restaurants' occupancy or switching to delivery/take-out only. The governors in five states — California, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington — closed bars, restaurants and wineries in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. In other parts of the country, mayors of major cities ordered similar restrictions. Or, they have imposed curfews, 50% occupancy limits, and other restrictions. Check out the interactive map (continues to be updated) of the impact of #COVID19 on nightlife.

 READ MOREState-by-State Impact of COVID-19 on Nightlife

 

 

NY's 9-point Mitigation and Support Plan

NYC Hospitality Alliance

TeamworkMarch 16, 2020 NYC Hospitality Alliance developed a 9-Point Mitigation and Support Plan for NYC Restaurants and Nightlife Establishments in response to COVID-19. The goal is to sustain businesses and employees during the mandated shutdown of bars and restaurants on March 16, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. The mitigation and support plan proposes the following actions be taken: (1) Cap delivery fees by 3rd party platforms to 10% of the total order; (2) Suspend all rent payments and evictions for ground floor commercial tenants like restaurants and bars; (3) Government help fund typically employer-funded paid leave and sick leave; (4) Provide cash infusions and subsidies to businesses and consider a universal basic income system; (5) Suspend the payment of all taxes, fees, premiums and fines; (6) Waive the sidewalk cafe consent fees and eliminate its interest rate imposed on fees when restaurants opt to pay in multiple installments; (7) Suspend requirements that businesses provide employee schedules two-weeks in advance; (8) Permit businesses to open with a Temporary License in New York City while its application is going through the lengthy backlog at the SLA; (9) Allow all licenses and permits such as liquor licenses, sidewalk cafe licenses, Health Department permits, etc, to renew automatically without the payment of licensing fees. 

READ MORENY's 9-point Mitigation and Support Plan

 

We Need Social Solidarity, Not Just Social Distancing

  New York Times

We need social solidarityMarch 13, 2020 Social solidarity "motivates us to promote public health, not just our own personal security." An op-ed on the need to strengthen social connections. Don't let physical distance equal social distance. We need each other now more than ever. In the Chicago heat wave of 1995, "social isolation was a leading risk factor and social connections made the difference between life and death."

 

READ MOREWe Need Social Solidarity, Not Just Social Distancing

 

Licensed London Taxi Drivers Wage War On Coronavirus

 London Loves Business

Nori taxi in LondonMarch 13, 2020 Need a taxi in London but scared of catching #COVID19? Noir Taxi, part of the Licensed London Taxis consortium, disinfects vehicle handles, credit card machines and passenger compartments after each ride. Unlike private hire cars (mini cabs), Noir Taxi has privacy glass, which provides added protection between drivers and passengers to prevent spread of coronavirus. This pre-book only service will be especially helpful for employees of key health and medical care industries. 

 READ MORELicensed London Taxi Drivers Wage War On Coronavirus

 

A Generational War Is Brewing Over Coronavirus 

 Microsoft News

March 17, 2020 Revolutions have a history starting in cafes and pubs. Today, an intergenerational conflict is emerging as young adults rebel against the mandate to avoid crowds, responding by packing bars, house parties and underground venues. As many in Europe and North America are just beginning to enter isolation, those in China are emerging with a drive for social connections. To reduce the risk, Italian police are breaking up parties and documenting everyone in attendance. While the threat of serious impacts is low for young people, they could be carriers and put older people at risk. Finding the balance between risk and social connections is a defining outcome of the crisis

 READ MOREA Generational War Is Brewing Over Coronavirus

 

Safety Tips For Festive Seasons

 Edinburghnews

Festive SeasonDecember 3, 2019 Actively working towards reducing crime, rewarding excellence and raising the standards of alcohol licensed premises, Best Bar None of Edinburgh shares tips on how to stay safe during the festival season. Focused on a customer's quality of experience, Best Bar None aims to "ensure that everyone can enjoy a good and safe night out." Conscious of how quickly a great night can take a dangerous turn, Best Bar None emphasizes and promotes responsible management and encourages that venues take the responsibility of placing their visitors' safety at the top of their priority list.

 
READ MOREBest Bar None shares tips on how to stay safe in Edinburgh throughout the festive season

 

Leading the Nation: Rich Leisure & Makeup Culture

 XinhuaNet

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December 3, 2019 Known for its energetic nightlife, the city of Changsha, China is leading the national trend with its makeup culture. Gaining popularity through male beauty bloggers on Tik Tok, many women are seeking a "Cinderella" treatment late at night. In support of its increasingly important role in China's nighttime economy, the State Council of China issued twenty measures last August to support business activities. Jiefang West Road in downtown Changsha has more than 200 bars and continues to expand into a booming nighttime industry.

 
READ MOREAcross China: Make-up artists dream big in China's thriving nighttime economy

 

We're Recycled Teenagers: We've Retired, Not Expired

 Positive Outlooks Blog

Recycled TeenagerNovember 19, 2018 London’s Posh Club creates an atmospheric crossover between the young and older generations. What initially began as a tea party for one senior and her friends flourished into “a glamorous cabaret for older folk” that builds a sense of belonging and addresses the issues of loneliness and isolation. Posh Club aims to unite a happier and healthier community. For the older folks do not stop the party, "I call us recycled teenagers. We've retired, not expired."

READ MOREThis Nightclub for the Elderly is Fighting Loneliness with Tea Party Disco

 

WRAP SoberRide

 Police Chief Magazine

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December 2019 Aimed to strengthen awareness of local impaired driving laws, WRAP's SoberRide program has emphasized the importance of seeking alternative arrangements to get home safely. After partnering with the ride-share service, Lyft, SoberRide has given an indicator of success, especially on major drinking holidays in which the number of riders have tripled. Confirmed to be an indispensable tool, SoberRide has helped WRAP establish a reputation of preventing "would-be drunk drivers" from driving in Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area.

 

 READ MORETraffic Safety Initiatives: SoberRide—Enhancing Enforcement Efforts Since 1982

 

Better Serving the Adults of their Population: Macon, GA

 13wmaz

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January 1, 2020 Macon, Georgia's businesses are booming this holiday season. Ranging from dance clubs to restaurants, downtown Macon has a variety of social options. New downtown residents are expected soon as hundreds of new lofts are being developed in the area. With the development of thirty new businesses in the past five years, downtown Macon has become an attractive destination for the holiday season in Middle Georgia.

 

READ MOREDowntown Macon's Growing Nightlife Attracts More People During the Holidays

 

Providence, Rhode Island Launches Campaign: First Night Mayor

 The Christian Science Monitor

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December 16, 2019 Providence, Rhode Island launched a campaign to appoint the city's first night mayor in hopes to "decompress and destress" the night. Jim Peters, president of the Responsible Hospitality Institute stated, “Once you get people to see that the issues and the opportunities at night are really something that have to be planned, rather than policed, then you’re going to have a much more successful social economy." Following in the footsteps of other cities around the world, Providence leaders are hopeful that a night mayor could advocate and initiate changes to better address quality of life issues downtown.

 READ MOREThe ‘Other 9 to 5’: Cities See Nightlife From a New Angle

 

Growing Part of the Economy

 BBC World Service

Ice Rink

November 17, 2019 The United Kingdom's nighttime economy is the fifth-biggest industry and accounts for at least 8% of the UK's employment and revenue. With a nighttime economy growing at a rate of 2.2%, city leaders created a position dedicated to the industry. Amy Lamé, TV presenter and performer, was appointed London's first "night czar" in 2016. In charge of the city between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., Ms. Lamé hopes to ensure London's grassroots live music venues thrive. Conversely, Tony Keith Jones of Centre of Coventry, argues that local authorities are ignoring higher crime levels. A report by the London Assembly's police and crime committee found that the "area with the most night-time violence with injury offences, tend to be those with a strong night-life economy."

 READ MOREThe Growing Importance of the Night-Time Economy

 

An Innovative, Community-Based Initiative: NYC Lower East Side

  Brooklyn Vegan

East Side BrookOctober 23, 2019 New York City's Office of Nightlife and Mayor Bill de Blasio propose a "late night quality of life improvement plan" to accommodate the needs of its residential community in an area where nightlife thrives, the Lower East Side. Often referred to as Hell's Square, Blasio aims to deconstruct the accusation that the Lower East Side is "ruining the neighborhood" by implementing an innovative and community-based initiative. The plan includes improvements in parking regulations, a new litter removal and a "night owl" etiquette campaign to remind bar-goers that people live nearby.

 READ MORE: Lower East Side “late night quality of life improvement plan” announced by de Blasio

 

Reframe the Night: Changing the Culture of Sexual Harassment 

  Hackney Citizen

Reframe the nightNovember 22, 2019 London's Town Hall, the City of London Corporation, and the Good Night Out campaign have launched a 'Reframe the Night' campaign to challenge and reconstruct views on sexual harassment—placing blame on perpetrators, rather than victim-blaming. Myths about behaviors during 'nights out' are deconstructed as Good Night Out works with local venues to understand sexual harassment and better respond to unwanted sexual behavior. Reframe the Night posters promote self-advocacy by including information on how to report incidents, numbers for advice services and a rebuttal to the common accusation, "If you go out dressed like that, what do you expect?" 
READ MORETown Hall launches sexual harassment crackdown ahead of festive party season

 

Opinion on What Sydney Needs to do to Support Creatives 

  Sydney Morning Herald

November 24, 2019 Sydney, Australia, like many cities throughout the world is struggling to define a policy approach to maintain a safe nightlife experience as residential development is overshadowing commitment to cultural preservation.
Josh Pyke is an ARIA award-winning singer/songwriter and children's author who outlines his suggestion for Sydney to build on the many benefits to residents and visitors in the city with an investment in preservation and support of small venues. Pyke makes the case that while the city has venues for large performances 2,000+, the smaller 300 seat venues cannot survive financially with the price of real estate rising. 
He refers to Berlin and other cities as examples where cultural space, pop-up-venues, and other government supported venues achieve this goal. 
READ MOREHow I'd improve Sydney: Let's make this a city where artists thrive, not just survive  

 

Stirring the Pot: Diners, Put Down the Phone!

  Westword

November 21, 2019 Jamey Fader, founding chef of Lola Coastal Mexican, shares his insights on the top messages he wants to send to restaurant guests. Chief among them is to "put down the phone" to reduce conflicts with other guests, as well as show respect to the service staff trying to take an order.

 

Be prepared to place your appetizer and drink order, and then take time to review the rest of the menu. This is more efficient for the service and kitchen staff, and assures a more even flow of getting your meal.

 

Drinking responsibly and bringing any concerns about food or service directly to staff and management than shouting from your table or posting to social media are other suggestions.

 

READ MORE: Stirring the Pot: Diners, Put Down the Phone!

 

Seven Takeaways from Global Cities After Dark Event 

The Music Network

November 20, 2019 Global Cities After Dark Sydney was presented by the Electronic Music Conference (EMC) & VibeLab and supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, the City of Sydney and The Ticket Fairy. The program convened global leaders that formulated seven major takeaways. A unique approach among recommendations from the sessions was to eradicate the “culture of complaint”. Another discussion led music fans, businesses and others recommending to work at changing the culture of bureaucracies from a ‘No, because’ to a ‘Yes, if’ so they can become more creative. Following the impact of "Lockout Laws" the participants developed a One Year, Five Year and Ten year plan for Sydney's nightlife. 

READ MORE: 7 Major Takeaways from Global Cities After Dark in Sydney  

 

Book Author Shares History of Vancouver's Nightlife

Vancouver Courier

November 20, 2019 Like many cities throughout the world, the drive for more dense residential development in city centers is resulting in loss of traditional and historic nightlife venues. Book author Aaron Chapman is interviewed about his study on the sagas of dozens of nightclubs, bars and dance halls through the ages, every place from the Cave to the Starfish Room, Oil Can Harry’s to the Smilin’ Buddha. He observed Vancouver still has nightlife, but sometimes somebody needs to tell people, "Hey, the party isn’t over there — it’s down here.” Sometimes you just need a guide or somebody to let you know where things are happening." Among the places that have closed, he comments the places were important not just because great talent, or world-renowned performers played in them — it’s where we as Vancouverites went to meet and interact with one another


READ MORE: Vancouver After Dark Colorfully Documents a Century of Our City’s Nightlife?  

 

Challenges in College Cities

WHZU News and Talk Radio

All Things Equal

November 19, 2019 In this week’s episode of “All Things Equal,” host Gary Stewart is joined by guest Jim Peters, founder and president of the Responsible Hospitality Institute to talk about nightlife in college towns and more..

The show explores lessons learned by RHI and presented in the Sociable City Guide for College Communities. Four primary challenges covered in the online guide, with case studies and examples of strategies include: Off-campus Housing, Party Buses, Sexual Assault and Pre-loading. 

READ MORE: All Things Equal College Cities  

 
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