Despite the new restrictions, your favourite clubs probably won’t reopen on December 1st
Yesterday news broke out that at 90% vaccinated in NSW, nightclubs would reopen. We, sporadically excited by the news, shared it to our Instagram, without reading any of the fine print. We stated, ‘CLUBS TO REOPEN ON DECEMBER 1ST IN NSW’. We were wrong. What we should’ve stated was, ‘Clubs will be allowed to be reopened on December 11th under a set of very strict and irresponsible guidelines’, or maybe even, ‘Your favourite club might reopen on December 1st, but the restrictions on capacity shows that the Liberal Party doesn’t actually want live music to prosper again’. So despite the media hype, your favourite blog (us) posting that all will be well and good as of December 1st, your favourite club probably won’t reopen on December 1st.
The reason being, the 1 person per four square metre rule. This means, as of 90% vaccination, clubs will need to run at quarter capacity. At this level of restriction, unvaccinated people will be able to enter the clubs, hence for the limited capacity. The blanket rule however makes no sense, as the absolute vast majority of live music venues will not be able to operate at a quarter capacity. It’s utterly ridiculous. The effect is that artists fees will also drop significantly, meaning many of them will lose money on gigs. The irony is that pubs will be at a 1 person per 2 square metre rule, so how is the risk any different in that setting? What about a wedding?
It’s all fun and games for the Liberal party to push the vaccine for us to achieve a new normal. A return to normal even. But why were we so blind to trust that they would successfully reopen and support our music scene? Why isn’t there a scenario where only vaccinated people can attend nightclubs to support a higher capacity? The music industry has had it tough over the past couple of years, tougher than most industries to be completely honest. The light at the end of our tunnel was meant to be the vaccine, it was promised it would be, but once again we are let down by a state government that clearly has no perspective on our creative scenes needs.
Words by Parry Tritsiniotis