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Iowa becomes first state to permanently allow cocktails to go

  The Hills 

Iowa Drinks June 30, 2020 Iowa is the first state to permanently allow bars and restaurants to sell alcohol for takeout and delivery. 

READ MOREIowa becomes first state to permanently allow cocktails to go

 

 

NC bars' latest dilemma: Whether to renew alcohol licenses while closed

  Triad Business Journal

Drinks on a TableJune 30, 2020 Bar and club owners grapple with whether or not to renew their #alcohollicense. #Nightlife is still closed in many cities with no timeline for reopening. #Dilemma

READ MORENC bars' latest dilemma: Whether to renew alcohol licenses while closed

 

 

Group Of Texas Bar Owners Sues To Reopen Amid Pandemic

  Kerang news

Houston Ice House Closed June 30, 2020 Texas bar owners in Austin, Houston and Galveston sue to reopen bars. They allege @GovAbbott doesn’t have the authority to close bars and that the order targets bars while allowing other business types to stay open. 

READ MOREGroup Of Texas Bar Owners Sues To Reopen Amid Pandemic

 

 

Bars suing state for coronavirus restrictions

  Fox 29 WFLX

Bars Suing State...June 30, 2020 Group of bars in Florida sue the Department of Business and Professional Regulation for suspending on-premise consumption of alcohol at bars statewide.

READ MOREBars suing state for coronavirus restrictions

 

 

Bars Closing due to Rising Cases of COVID-19 in California and Pennsylvania Counties

  Eater

Closed Again June 29, 2020 Bars in some California and Pennsylvania counties have to return to alcohol takeout and alcoho ldelivery as on-site consumption is prohibited again. Roll-back on reopening will take a major toll on  survival of nightlife.

READ MORE: Growing Cases of COVID-19 Lead California and Pennsylvania Counties to Again Close Bars

 

 

Packed Bars Serve Up New Rounds Of COVID Contagion

  Physician's Weekly 

Festival Beer OutdoorsJune 29, 2020 Cautionary tale for nightlife as bars and clubs across the country get shut down for not abiding by physical distance, mask wearing or reduced occupancy. We know times are tough but nightlife needs to reopen safely for public health. 

READ MOREPacked Bars Serve Up New Rounds Of COVID Contagion

 

 

New York's New Bar Stool: The Sidewalk

  New York Times 

NYC drinking sidewalk June 16, 2020 Every aspect of a bar's appeal - the large crowds, small spaces, close contact, mouths open to talk or drink, makes them the most challenging for public health. Bar owners in New York are striking a balance between their business interests and public safety by shifting to "alfresco dining" outside where small groups can socialize on the sidewalks. 

READ MORENew York's New Bar Stool: The Sidewalk

 

 

'Opinion: 'Mission to Save Hospitality'

  The Detroit News

Empty Restaurant June 16, 2020 Strict physical distancing regulations are limiting revenue opportunities in the hospitality industry. The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association created 'Mission to Save Hospitality' to help create new strategies for the industry. This op-ed author makes the case that the return of revenue from hospitality businesses will stimulate local & state economies, generating over $2 billion in state sales tax each year.

READ MOREOpinion: Michigan's Hospitality Industry Needs Saving

 

 

Are they Here to Stay: Alcohol-To-Go Services

  Virginia

Virginia data June 15, 2020 Will Alcohol-to-go sales become a permanent practice for restaurants and bars? A National Restaurant Association survey said that 78 percent of Virginians are in support of allowing the practice indefinitely. 33 percent of adults had recently purchased an alcoholic beverage with a takeout order. The new stream of revenue helps restaurants recoup costs, but many are still operating at a loss.

READ MOREMore than Three-Fourths of Virginians Want to Keep To-Go Drinks Legal

 

 

Future of Clubs with Social Distancing Measures 

  The Guardian

Quarantine RaveJune 15, 2020 What happens when nightlife is closed? People make their own parties. Thousands of people attended the two latest quarantine raves in Greater Manchester, which resulted in one death, one reported rape, and 3 stabbings. Save legal nightlife and let bars reopen safely.

READ MORESummer of illegal raves expected in England despite coronavirus crisis

 

 

Data Dashboards Analyze Alcohol Consumption Patterns 

  Cambridge News & Deerfield Independent

Young people drinking June 15, 2020 Almost one out of four Wisconsin residents reported binge drinking in the past month, which is higher than the national average. Youths reporting alcohol use is down in the past month, with 33% of female and 28% of male youth reporting the consumption of alcohol. Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released data dashboards to analyze alcohol consumption patterns to prevent future consequences. Additionally, DHS launched 'Small Talks' campaign to help prevent underage drinking.

READ MOREOnline Tools Track Alcohol Usage and Deaths Attributed to Alcohol

 

 

First Reopening Guide for Your Business

Safety Guide

Need guidance on how to reopen safely? Ever considered staggering patron arrival times before an event to avoid the line and curb the spread of COVID-19? Event Safety Alliance released its first reopening guide to address health & sanitation issues with eye-catching tips & advice for every business.

READ MOREEvent Safety Alliance Reopening Guide

 

 

Consequences of Closed Public Restrooms

  MSN

No Public restroom June 11, 2020 What consequences can be expected from closed public restrooms amid coronavirus? New York City, New Jersey and Chicago are experiencing an increase of public urination. New Jersey State Police Superintendent Col. Pat Callahan issued a warning after finding urine and feces in public areas. Twitter account, @OpenYourLobby, urges museums and theaters to make their restrooms accessible during the Black Lives Matter protests.

READ MOREThe Gross Side Effect of Coronavirus You Didn't See Coming

 

 

Rocking Out From Their Seats

  VOA News

Netherlands Rocking Out from their Seats June 6, 2020 Nijmegen, Netherlands, experiments with its first attempt to resume nightlife after the coronavirus outbreak. Doornroosje, a dutch club, introduces "dis-dancing" (physically distant dancing) on the dance floor as young clubbers enjoy electronic dance music. Is this the future of danceclubs - rocking out while sitting in chairs 5 ft apart? 

READ MORE: Social Dis-Dancing? Dutch Club Tries Post-Coronavirus Layout

 

 

Covid-19’s Metamorphoses: The future of the social economy

  Vibe Lab

COVID-19s MetamorphosesJune 5, 2020 One month after publication, "the article’s projections of the impact and recovery of COVID-19 have already proven prophetic, with many short-term predictions already becoming a reality." Check out Vibe Lab's key points summary of the article on the future of nightlife written by RHI's Alicia Scholer and Philip Kolvin, former chair of the London Commission.

READ MORECovid-19’s Metamorphoses: The future of the social economy

 

 

Future of Clubs with Social Distancing Measures 

  BBC

Nighttime June 5, 2020 Will reduced capacity in bars and night clubs change its cultural value? Scotland SubClub owner, Mike Grieve, stresses that the nature of these businesses rely on close-up social interactions, making it nearly impossible to see a future for clubs without a vaccine. Grieve says clubs are "vital to their sense of self and wellbeing," and though the future of clubs may look different, "dancing will prevail."

READ MORECoronavirus: How do you Run a Socially Distanced Nightclub?

 

 

Unlock 1 Plan & Standard Operating Procedures Reopen New Delhi, India

  India

Unlock 1 Plan & standards June 4, 2020 As part of its 'Unlock 1' plan, New Delhi, India's Central Government reopened restaurants located outside of #ContainmentZones. Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to enforce mandatory sanitizer dispensers, thermal screening provisions, maintain social distancing of at least six feet, and the use of facial masks. Persons over the age of 65 years old, pregnant women, children below 10 years of age, and people with health conditions are advised to stay home.

READ MORESocial Distancing, Thermal Screening: These are Centre's Fresh SOPs for Restaurants, Hotels, Hospitality Units

 

 

Creation of Social Districts: Outdoor Common Drinking Area

  The Detroit News

Detroit News June 3, 2020 The Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee advanced two bills that allows for the distribution of beverage alcohol through take out and/or delivery services and for the creation of 'Social Districts'. These social districts will allow guests to consume beverages alcohol in designated outdoor common areas amid the current pandemic.

READ MOREMichigan House Panel Wants to Allow Takeout Social Districts for Drinking

 

 

Northern Virgina's Phase Two Guide 

  Inside Nova

Arlington CountyJune 3, 2020 Northern Virginia and Richmond prepare their businesses as they move into phase two of their reopening. Occupancy may not exceed 50% in restaurants. Disinfection of  frequently-contacted surfaces must be conducted every 60 minutes. 

READ MOREWhat Does Phase Two Mean?

 

 

Open-Air Cafe in Vilnius, Lithuania

  LRT English

Cafe Open-Air June 3, 2020 What happens when a street turns into a giant open air cafe? Reality check: Residents of Vilnius, Lithuania, continue to complain about the aftermath - noise, vomit, and broken glass. The occupied area makes it difficult for residents to walk, cycle, and drive in the area, let alone have accessibility for the disabled community. A districtwide reopening plan is needed.

READ MOREDoes Transforming Vilnius into an Open-Air Cafe Exclude People?What Does Phase Two Mean?

 

 

A New Kind of 'Life Guard On Duty' 

  The Hour

LifeguardJune 1, 2020 Who's in charge of overseeing physical distancing and sanitation standards in bars & restaurants? One restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina, is calling for a lifeguard on duty, and their whistle, to uphold these safety standards. Newly installed watchtowers will be where lifeguards will be stationed to oversee guest interactions.

READ MORE: 'Lifeguards' Ensure S Carolina Beer Fans Keep Their Distance

 

 

Alcohol Delivery: Is this the New Normal?

  Good Beer Hunting

Beer Delivery June 1, 2020 Is alcohol delivery the new normal? The current pandemic has changed consumer behavior and expectations as many remain nervous to visit enclosed spaces. Breweries are relying heavily on direct-to-consumer delivery, but beer retailers and wholesalers are pushing back against these flexible policies.

READ MORELet's Make This Last Forever -- Looser Alcohol Regulations Won't Stick Without A Fight

 

 

Toronto's COVID-19 Recovery Efforts: Live Music Venues

 Toronto 

Torontos Nightlife returnsMay 29, 2020 Live music venues in Toronto, Canada get a 50% property tax break thanks to Toronto's City Council and the Province of Ontario. Music advocates helped promote the initiative to expand the Creative Co-Location Facilities Property Tax Subclasses to include live music venues as part of their COVID-19 recovery efforts. 

READ MOREToronto City Council Approves Property Tax Relief to Help Sustain Live Music Venues

 

How Countries Plan to Restart Nightclubs and Music Festivals

  Resident Advisor

How to reopen nightclubs June 28, 2020 What strategies are being used worldwide to reopen the nighttime economy effectively? Spain and Ireland have outlined multi-stage plans for the reopening of music festivals, clubs and venues. China has seen a cautious return of its nightlife while South Korea's laissez-faire social distancing measures have resulted in a COVID-19 spike.

READ MOREHow Countries Plan to Restart Nightclubs and Music Festivals

 

 

Enforcing Reduced Capacity in Houston Texas

 Click 2 Houston

Fire Marshall Enforcing CapacityMay 25, 2020 Who's in charge of enforcing reduced capacity at bars and clubs when they're allowed to reopen? In Houston, Texas, fire marshals from Houston Fire Department have stepped up amid occupancy violations of the 25% capacity rule. Prioritizing the reopening of their establishments, Mayor Sylvester Turner urges business owners and the public to enforce COVID-19 health standards to prevent future spread. “While Turner initially said the city would not be enforcing the rules, citing resources and a lack of support, he said the overcrowded establishments during Memorial Day weekend has forced him to change his stance.”

READ MORE: Fire Marshalls Visit Local Businesses Enforcing Occupancy Capacity, Health Guidelnes Amid Uptick in Violation

 

Ineligible to Recieve Employee Benefits

 SF Chronicle 

Uber & Lyft May 24, 2020 Without paid-leave, Uber and Lyft drivers will continue to work "fever or not." According to Uber and Lyft companies, thousands of drivers are classified as independent contractors, which makes them ineligible to receive employee benefits. 

READ MORELyft, Uber Drivers Seek Sick Leave During Pandemic, or Else -- 'I'm Not Stopping Fever or No Fever'

 

Rome Eases Lockdown Measures

  Republic World

When inRome May 23, 2020 Rome, Italy eased its lockdown measures and reopened its bars, stores, cafes, restaurants, hairdressers & museums. With the presence of police officers, social distancing rules and the use of face masks continues to be enforced. 

READ MORE: Nightlife Returns Slowly to Normal In Rome

 

 

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

 

Orlando's #OrderUpDowntown Campaign

  City of Orlando

Uber Eats May 22, 2020 Physical distance requirements means space is our most vital commodity. Since we don't have enough of it, the op-ed author makes the case to create a 24 hour economy, so that there's more opportunity to socialize at night and save nightlife. The author makes the case that in times of adversity, experimental policies should be tried to facilitate a new nighttime economy that generates jobs, increases tourism, and reduces problematic crowding.

READ MOREDowntown Development Board and Uber Eats Announce "Order Up Downtown"

 

 

COVID Shield App Aims to Support Contact Tracing

 Betakit

ShopifyMay 22, 2020 A group of Shopify volunteers created the app, COVID Shield, that enables contact tracing. This technology offers COVID-19 exposure notifications to notify individuals if they have been exposed to someone with the virus. The Silicon Valley tech giants provided "the most privacy-preserving approach currently available," to prioritize privacy, clarity & transparency.

READ MOREGroup of Shopify Volunteers Create Free Covid-19 Contact Tracing App

 

Saliva Control to Prevent Spread of Airborne Virus

 The Atlantic 

Saliva Control May 22, 2020 No more singing along at concerts or shouting to support our favorite sports teams. New studies show that we need to not only physical distance, but need saliva control to prevent the spread of the airborne virus during "super spreader" activities and events.  

READ MORE: Social Distancing Is Not Enough

 

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

 

Consumer Impacts on Canadian Music Venue

 City News

Live Venues May 21, 2020 More than 20% of Canadians will not attend a concert again post-Coronavirus according to a new study by Music Canada and Abacus Data. Music Canada's president & CEO Graham Henderson knew the pandemic posed health issues and would have an impact on the music economy, but was shocked by the responses from consumers.

READ MORENew study shows some music fans will never go to a concert again

 

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

 

Club Culture in your Living Room

 Bloomberg 

Club Culture Never will never be the same May 19, 2020 Berlin Club commission, an advocacy group for the city's nightlife, and broadcaster, ARTE Concert, open their virtual doors to offer live music performances. Visitors are asked to donate funds to provide financial support to bars and clubs. Watergate club is the first to host a livestream event with artists Claptone and GHEIST. 

READ MOREBerlin Club Culture Moves Online with Famed Nightlife Shuttered

 

 

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

 

San Francisco Business Owners Seek Answers Amid COVID Crisis

 48 Hills 

San Francisco May 18, 2020 San Francisco's nightlife is a $7.2 billion dollar city industry. Closures during the pandemic has resulted in 18% of San Francisco's labor force applying for unemployment in the last 2 months. Up to 50% of those unemployed are nightlife and entertainment workers. Business owners grow desperate amid the COVID-19 crisis and rely heavily on gofundme accounts and loans to keep their businesses from closing.. 

READ MOREGood info, little relief at city’s Virtual Nightlife + Entertainment Summit

 

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

 

Space is a Vital Commodity

 The Philadelphia Inquirer

Phili May 14, 2020 Physical distance requirements means space is our most vital commodity. Since we don't have enough of it, the op-ed author makes the case to create a 24 hour economy, so that there's more opportunity to socialize at night and save nightlife. The author makes the case that in times of adversity, experimental policies should be tried to facilitate a new nighttime economy that generates jobs, increases tourism, and reduces problematic crowding.

READ MOREPhiladelphia should become a 24-hour city to survive the pandemic | Opinion

 

 

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

 

The Value of Music Investments

 Forbes

Value of Music InvestmentMay 13, 2020 Despite growing recognition of the value of music and music tourism, there isn't a matching investment from music-friendly policies or the government. In 2015, 50% of Austin musicians qualified for Section-8 housing. With Covid-19, experts suggest live music events will be at a halt until 2021. Music foundations and federal programs hope to provide financial relief, but the music economy needs dedicated resources now more than ever to keep art thriving.

READ MORECities Need To Continue Investing In Their Music Economies Post-Pandemic

 

 

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

 

Music Cities Launch REVS Pilot Program

 Variety

Initiative to reopen May 7, 2020 #MusicCitiesTogether is a joint intitiative that was created by Washington D.C.-based Music Policy Forum and Austin-based Sound Music Cities to help improve music ecosystems across America. In efforts to save music venues and clubs, Reopen Every Venue Safely (REVS) pilot program was launched in eight cities: Portland, Seattle, New Orleans, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Austin, Albuquerque, and Chicago.

READ MOREInitiative to ‘Reopen Every Venue Safely’ Launches in Eight Cities Including Los Angeles, Austin and Portland

 

 

COVID-19 Impact From Live Music Fans

 Live Nation + Ticket Master 

Covid-19 Impact May 5, 2020 According to a study conducted by Live Nation and Ticketmaster, 91% of live music goers around the world are likely to attend live music events post-Covid-19. 86% of active fans desire increased cleanliness & sanitation. 

READ MORELive Nation & Ticketmaster Report: COVID-19 IMPACT FROM LIVE MUSIC FANS

 

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. 

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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 

donate

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

Drinks

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

 
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