Clubbers in Hull are being promised a party resembling “pre pandemic” nightlife.
It’s gearing to reopen on Wednesday, July 21, for the first time in 16 months after government restrictions gave nightclubs no pandemic respite.
A spokesperson for Fuel told LDRS patrons could expect an experience similar to nightlife before coronavirus with some alterations.
But they added there was not “much more” they could do to control potential coronavirus spreading other than controlling capacity and as large groups of people gathering indoors in close quarters is what nightclubs “are all about”.
The spokesperson also said the venue had battled staffing and finance issues, leading to “uncertainty” which they felt a lack of government support had done little to ease.
The spokesperson said: “We’ve been preparing to reopen for a long time so don’t really anticipate any stumbling blocks.
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“We are as keen as our customers to get the music pumping and the drinks flowing again.”
“But we and we’re sure many other nightclubs and people within the entertainment industry feel we have been let down quite badly.
“We were the first to close and we’re going to be the last to reopen, the biggest challenges have been the lack of financial support and the uncertainty.
“Only through very careful money management are we able to say we have our heads just above water.
“We received the furlough for our staff and the government relief on our business rates but very little else, it really does feel like a forgotten industry by the government.”
The spokesperson said an exodus of staff from the nightlife industry meant recruitment had been “tough”.
They said: “A lot of people throughout the pandemic have left the night-time industry finding work elsewhere.
“However we retained some excellent staff through the furlough scheme and also have some experienced staff members that used to work for us excited to come back and join us.
“So we are fully confident we will have enough staff to entertain and look after our customers.”
The spokesperson said they had looked at servicing the venue’s ventilation to help protect against coronavirus, but given restrictions were lifting they ultimately had to take their cues from the government.
They said: “Having large numbers of people gather to enjoy themselves and meet up is what we’re all about and there are now no restrictions and there isn’t much more we can do, so the show must go on.”
The spokesperson said they would have “plenty of space” for patrons between itself and its sister venue Propaganda which are both hosting the ‘Pounded’ mid week night.
They added both would offer a “safe environment” and interest in the event and others suggested night life could come roaring back despite coronavirus setbacks.
The spokesperson said: “We will allow our customers to move freely between the two venues for one entry price of £5. Customers can expect our usual outrageous Fuel atmosphere in a safe environment.
“It will resemble pre-pandemic with a few enhancements to the club’s look, sound, lighting and also we are introducing our new and unique Pint Cocktail Menu.
“We are very happy with the changes we’ve made and are confident our customers will enjoy them too.
“We can only surmise what things are going to be like on the other side of the pandemic as we’ve not yet reopened. pBut we are certainly ready to start the party again and hope everyone will come and join in.”