September 11, 2020 – The Voice of Entrepreneurs Association and members of the Initiative of Bars and Nightclubs have been warning the competent institutions for days that, due to the epidemiological measures in force, over 1000 facilities will be completely closed and workers will be fired. For this reason, nightclubs strike back as they have organised an action “5 hours forward, 25% backward” during which, on September 11 and 12, they will be open from 19:00 to 24:00, Slobodna Dalmacija reports.
The measure restricting work until midnight has been extended and it has been announced that it will be extended until the end of the year. That is why many nightclubs have decided, in compliance with all epidemiological measures, to open their doors this weekend from 19:00, five hours before midnight.
”Our goal is to open clubs at a time when we’re allowed to work, for people who support us and send a message that we aren’t spreaders of the virus as we’re being stigmatised to be. Friday is exactly 28 days since the work ban, the number of patients isn’t falling, and the minister is extending the measures. We ultimately turned out to be the culprits for everything, regardless of whether we adhere to the measures or not. We don’t complain about the set rules, keeping a distance, measuring temperatures and the like, we can respect all that, we just ask to be allowed to work. I’d like to invite everyone who supports us to visit the clubs that are part of the action on Friday and Saturday,” said Bozidar Bulic, the owner of a disco club.
”It’s worth recalling that more than 15,000 employees and associates (musicians, singers, security guards, marketing agencies, beverage distributors, DJs, photographers, public address and lighting technicians) will lose their jobs in the difficult economic and social situation ahead, if such measures are continued. The Voice of Entrepreneurs Association supports all those who want to work,” the Association stated.
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