Northern Ireland nightclubs in line to receive additional financial support payments

NIGHTCLUBS in Northern Ireland are in line to receive additional financial support payments of up to £36,500 to help them recover from the pandemic.

After being hit hard by the restrictions, remaining closed even when other hotel businesses have been allowed to reopen, nightclubs will now receive additional support.

According to Finance Minister Conor Murphy, Land & Property Services (LPS) worked with Hospitality Ulster and other departments to agree a definition of a nightclub.

LPS has identified sites that meet this definition and they should receive a payment equivalent to the amount they would have received from the Localized Restrictions Support Program between May and October.

“Throughout the pandemic, nightclubs have been subject to additional restrictions and closures beyond those faced by other hospitality businesses,” Murphy said.

“This is in addition to the Omicron hospitality payment as well as the 24-month vacation rates that my department provides to these establishments. These measures will ensure that this vital part of our nighttime economy is supported.”

Colin Neill, managing director of Hospitality Ulster, said the additional funding would be “welcome to the nightclub industry which has struggled for nearly two years with mandatory closures and restrictions”.

“This funding will go some way to reducing the debt burden of individual nightclubs as they begin to plan for their recovery and ensure that customers can be welcomed back into the bustling nightlife industry in the United States. pre-pandemic times,” he said.

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