Sacha Lord plans to take his legal action to the High Court for a Judicial Review, after he said the government had failed to provide evidence for why indoor hospitality cannot open at the same time as non-essential retail.

The night-time economy advisor for Manchester has teamed up with Hugh Osmond to challenge the government’s over its reopening roadmap.

The move comes off the back of a successful action forcing the government to drop its substantial meal and 10pm curfew conditions for hospitality.

Lord said: “While we’re pleased beer gardens will be reopening from 12 April, many venues don’t have the space or financial capabilities to have an outdoor area, and as we know very well in Manchester, the weather is not always kind.

“Operators have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds creating indoor Covid secure environments, as advised by ministers themselves, and we firmly believe these regulated, ventilated venues have much safer measures and greater social distancing in place than retail stores.

“This is not a hospitality versus retail argument, but Government decisions must operate on a level playing field and be supported by evidence. We currently see no clear justification for the delay.”

Earlier this week, a parliamentary committee appeared to agree with the position of the bid.

“The hospitality and entertainment sector have not seen sufficient data to underpin decision relating to their industry,” committee minutes report.

“Building trust with these sectors is absolutely essential and the level of transparency has been insufficient.

“The government should publish the data that underpins the restrictions that will remain in place on business at each step of the roadmap as a matter of urgency.”

The legal action is led by Oliver Wright, partner and Lizzie McPeake, solicitor at JMW Solicitors and David Lock QC and Galina Ward of Landmark Chambers on behalf of Sacha Lord, night time economy adviser for Greater Manchester, co-founder of Parklife Festival, co-founder of The Warehouse Project, and Hugh Osmond, founder of Punch Taverns, former director of Pizza Express, and director of Various Eateries.