The Government’s curfew had a terrible impact on London’s night- time economy, earlier during the crisis, and the hundreds of thousands of jobs the night time economy supports. It hit our hospitality, culture and leisure sectors, as well as their suppliers. It may well also have been counterproductive in reducing the risk of the virus spreading by forcing large numbers out on to the streets and transport network simultaneously at 10pm.
Pubs, restaurants and venues across the capital invested considerable sums in making themselves COVID secure. This included cutting capacity, ensuring social distancing, recording contact details for track and trace, and requiring customers to be seated. The curfew, when in place while these venues were open, restricted the ability of businesses to trade profitably and unnecessarily put many of them at risk of closure.