G-A-Y curfew challenge hearing set for next month

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Court date: 'the curfew doesn’t help control the virus and it destroys livelihoods,' an update said
Court date: 'the curfew doesn’t help control the virus and it destroys livelihoods,' an update said

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A hearing for the judicial review against the Government’s 10pm curfew from nightclub G-A-Y has been slated for 3 December.

The challenge wants the Government to overturn the curfew once lockdown restrictions are lifted next month.

An update said: “Our hearing is set for 3 December 2020. The new lockdown legislation repeals the three tier sets of regulations.

“Boris Johnson has said a tier system will be brought back in December so it’s important we work on this now to exclude the curfew when the tier system is reinstated.

“The curfew doesn’t help control the virus and it destroys livelihoods. The court date is perfect for us to challenge the curfew is the Government decides to reinstate it following the current lockdown."

See sense

It added: “[The] G-A-Y legal team plan to do everything they can during the lockdown to persuade the Government to see sense and not reimpose the curfew.

“We would much rather not have to go to court. However, if the Government decides to bring it back, we are able to challenge them through our hearing immediately.

“Both Kier Starmer and Sadiq Khan are now publicly speaking out against the curfew and there is momentum for change.

“It is important we come together and take the time to contact your MP and push them to challenge the reintroduction of the 10pm curfew following the lockdown.

“Hospitality businesses need the opportunity to recover but they will be unable to while subject to a counter-productive curfew. Let’s use lockdown two to continue the fight to #CancelTheCurfew. Thank you to the NTIA for their continued support.”

Overturn curfew

In October, owner and CEO of G-A-Y Jeremy Joseph launched the legal challenge​ to the Government’s 10pm national curfew on hospitality venues.

Joseph is looking for a judicial review to have the curfew, which was implemented from Thursday 24 September, overturned. 

His legal team have written to health secretary Matt Hancock with a formal challenge to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 as amended on 24 September to include the nationwide 10pm curfew.

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