Manchester night time advisor Sacha Lord has launched legal proceedings against the Government’s impending lockdown of hospitality and entertainment venues across the north of England.

Lord, night time economy adviser to the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said there was “no tangible scientific evidence” to merit a full closure of the hospitality and entertainment sectors.”

This legal challenge is being supported by The Night Time Industries Association, The British Beer and Pub Association JW Lees Brewery, Joseph Holts Brewery, Robinsons Brewery, New River Pub Company, Hawthorn Leisure, Mission Mars, D&D London, San Carlo, Gusto Italian, Living Ventures, The Alchemist, and others.

Lord said: “Our discussions and ongoing calls for evidence have been ignored and we have therefore been left with little choice but to escalate the matter further.

“We have now engaged lawyers to begin a Judicial Review into the legality of the emergency restrictions due to be imposed on the hospitality and entertainment sectors.”

Michael Kill, CEO NTIA, added: “These new measures will have a catastrophic impact on late night businesses, and are exacerbated further by an insufficient financial support package presented by the Chancellor in an attempt to sustain businesses through this period.”

“This next round of restrictions are hugely disproportionate and unjust, with no scientific rationale or correlation to PHE transmission rates, when compared to other key environments.”

“Systematic closure of businesses across the UK must be challenged when there is no clear evidence or reason.”