The owner of London club G-A-Y has taken to Facebook to slam the government for lifting lockdown restrictions too early.
Jeremy Joseph made his comments in response to huge Saturday-night gatherings of people in the capital’s Soho district, an area popular with the queer community.
Writing online Sunday, Joseph said: "Yesterday was a complete disaster, but what do you expect from a government that called it ‘Super Saturday’, but the pictures only show one side. Old Compton Street was completely unsafe and uncontrollable, and one can hope it was a one-off, but inside venues was a different story. It was seated, screens in between tables, limited numbers inside and background music.
“It was obvious what the streets were going to be like. Re-opening should never have been on a Saturday. It should have been a soft opening on Monday. Realistically it’s all about today. Today is really the day that we will know the future, the street party is hopefully over and we now have to move forward safely to create safe socialising.
“At the end of today, we will know whether bars can re-open safely, but if you want hospitality to survive, venues need customers to work with us and stick to social distancing.
“Fingers crossed, the photos of Old Compton Street today will tell a different and better story, otherwise, this time next week, we will all be closed again.”
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