UK Nightclub Owner G-A-Y to File Lawsuit Over 10PM Curfew

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday October 6, 2020

London-based G-A-Y, a nightclub operating business, is preparing to file a lawsuit against the UK Department of Health over a 10pm curfew, The Guardian reports. Among other clubs, G-A-Y runs the iconic Heaven Nightclub, in the center of London's gay nightlife.

The law firm representing G-A-Y, Simpson Millar, has said that instituting a widespread curfew was an "arbitrary decision" that has had financial ramifications on bars and pubs that have staggered their hours in order to accommodate the safety of patrons.

After informing health secretary Matt Hancock that it was preparing a legal brief, G-A-Y has also asked the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) for evidence that the curfew has been, and will be, effective in preventing further COVID-19 infections. G-A-Y asserts that it is more harmful to institute a widespread curfew, with patrons crowding streets and public transit at 10PM and thus a greater risk of COVID-19 transmission.

A spokesperson for DHSC says that the curfew was instituted because of an uptick in the infection rate, "so we have taken immediate action to cut the transmission rate and save lives and will keep all measures under constant review."

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.