The video proves that nightclubs will not survive the coronavirus: police investigate as revelers dance shoulder to shoulder in a Brisbane as clubs open for the first time since the pandemic
- Police are investigating QLD footage of revelers dancing shoulder to shoulder
- The vision arose on the same day that pubs and pubs reopened to the public
- It follows a Roma bar fined $ 6672 for violating COVID-19 rules
The future of Queensland’s nightclub and live music scene is under threat days after reopening following an emerging vision that shows revelers violating COVID-19 restrictions.
Partygoers can dance shoulder to shoulder at Prohibition in the heart of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley on Friday night, it is said.
The images were taken the same day pubs and clubs reopened to the public, with dance floors prohibited until further notice.
The police are now investigating the location and asking whether it will be fined and what will happen to the industry from now on.
The vision comes after insiders expressed concern about the profitability of pubs and clubs in May, stating that locations may not fully recover from the coronavirus pandemic with applicable rules and restrictions.
Partygoers can dance shoulder to shoulder at Prohibition in the heart of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley on Friday evenings, pubs and clubs reopened to the public the same day, with dance floors to stay off limits. Image: The Today Show
The idea of hundreds of people getting caught on a dance floor or waiting in line for a drink at a bar may well be a thing of the past.
“There’s a lot of lobbying, especially from Music Victoria and related people, to really make it clear that if they don’t do something specific to us, we’re all kind of f ** ked,” Melbourne nightclub Color co-owner Liam Alexander told ABC.
He said he and his business partners have spent years putting hundreds of thousands of dollars into renovations and licenses for Color, which opened in 2019.
“I think our biggest fear at first was the closing period. But now our biggest fears are what live music, nightclub and catering in general will look like afterwards’.
There are a number of rural locations that have decided not to renew or reopen lease contracts after closing, including the St Kilda club and Melbourne’s ‘Big Mouth’ eatery.
Jason Hirt, president of Fortitude Valley Safe Night Precinct, commented on the footage, saying that the owners of Brisbane sites were “ appalled and outraged ” at customers and the ban on disregarding the rules.
“We are all playing by the rules and doing well, so we are very disappointed,” he said.
The vision comes after industry insiders raised concerns about pub and club profitability in May, stating that locations may not fully recover with applicable rules and restrictions. Image: The Today Show
“Everyone knows that the dance floor is forbidden and we hope it doesn’t affect anyone else.”
Bernie Hogan, CEO of Queensland Hotels Association, was quick to distance his organization from the nightclub district and said none of its members were in the valley.
“Hotels and clubs are desperate to keep working, so the actions of one or two shouldn’t affect the rest of the hospitality industry,” he told AAP.
The vision too follows a Roma bar was fined $ 6672 for plainclothes agents who identified several breaches, including failure to collect contact information.
Queensland again did not register any new cases Sunday with only one active business across the state.