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"Socially starved" clubbers are at risk and with nowhere to go

 
While the majority of nightlife offer around the world continues to be paralyzed, "socially starved" clubbers are in need of going out after being locked up for over three months in most countries around the world. This uncertainty and the scarcity of nightlife offer around the world has caused an increase in illegal parties with little to no health or safety measures and for the increment of antisocial behavior. For instance, as many of you know, even though England is currently on lockdown, this past weekend thousands of people attended "quarantine raves" in the Greater Manchester Area that ended in tragedy. The balance of the event ended in a suspected death due to a drug overdose, a rape report, and 3 separate reported stabbings. Authorities in England have already announced that they are finding it difficult to keep up with the rising number of illicit parties
 
Need for nightlife
 
Nightlife plays an important role in modern society and is one of the main players in the entertainment industry, allowing for new experiences with art, music, performance, fashion, and food. Nightlife is key to making cities vibrant and full of light at night since there's "always something going on" creating a sense of safety when daylight businesses are closed. In the past decade, due to its increasing demand, nightlife has evolved all around the world creating unique experiences for guests to escape their everyday lives and express themselves. Studies have shown that dancing is a very important part of socializing and has been proven to psychologically make people feel more connected reducing anxiety and stress an obtaining a sense of well-being. This only adds to the fact that clubbers are "starved" and in need of a place to escape the harsh moments that the coronavirus pandemic has caused.
 
Unfair competition
 

From the International Nightlife Association, we would like to warn governing authorities about the great risk that comes with not having nightlife offer since we predict that this will only increase the offer of illicit parties and raves around the world. These illicit parties like the "Quarantine Rave" that took place in Manchester this past weekend are a hub for insecurity and tragedy since these activities are not regulated by governing authorities and the corresponding health departments. Not to mention, there was a suspected death due to drug overdose, one reported rape and three recorded stabbings at the aforementioned event, this not taking into account that we are in suffering a global pandemic due to the coronavirus outbreak putting all the people present and their relatives at risk for the disease.

It has been said that these raves that took place were charging up to £ 30 for entry creating unfair competition for most nightlife venues that have shut down and haven't received any aid from most governing officials. This is also unfair competition for venues that have been allowed to reopen since each government has applied strict measures, measures that have to be fully paid for by nightlife business owners who also have to pay rent, workers, security personnel, insurances, licenses, just to name a few. All of the aforementioned are not paid for or even contemplated in illegal parties also putting the attendees at high risk. 

Joaquim BoadasSecretary-General of the International Nightlife Association has stated, "It's just not the right way to do things, we have members in Spain that are having to invest large quantities of money even though the loss they have recently suffered due to the crisis without any economic aid from the Spanish Government. All the measures are being applied just to be able to open venues with a very reduced capacity, we cannot allow for events such as the ones in Manchester to happen again, it's only putting people and their families at risk not only due to the lack of safety at these events but also allowing for a coronavirus outbreak to occur". 

We would also like to take the chance to show our full support to the Night Time Industries Association and the statements made by their CEOMike Kill, who demanded that the companies who rented out stages, generators, and sound systems for the illegal rave should be "blacklisted". We consider that there needs to be a stricter control and sense of social responsibility for supplying companies who rent out this equipment since they are part takers in the celebration of these events.

Considering that illegal raves and parties take no precautions in terms of safety hygiene and health, nightlife venues are deemed to be safer spaces than these parties. By not allowing venues to reopen, clubbers are attracted to illegal events because they have nowhere else to go. 

As you know, since the beginning of the pandemic, the INA started to work on the creation of the  "Sanitized Venue" seal for nightlife business to gain the trust of clients and staff and protect them from the COVID-19 and started to provide the necessary tools for its implementation. We began studying the specific necessities of nightlife venues and chose a name that defines the purpose, which is having nightlife venues as clean and disinfected possible. As we recently announced, Pacha Barcelona and Opium Barcelona are some of the venues that have obtained the Sanitized Venue seal. Precisely, nightlife venues in Barcelona are able to reopen tonight with 1/3 of its capacity. Nevertheless, the situation is not the same in all of Spain, since for instance in Ibiza the government has just announced that they won't let large clubs open this summer. 

International nightlife reopening

We have been able to detect that some countries are allowing for nightlife activities to open most with restrictions and measures applied. 

 

  1. China 
  2. New Zeland
  3. Hong Kong
  4. South Korea
  5. Japan
  6. Spain
  7. Italy 
  8. Germany
  9. Portugal
  10. Greece
  11. Poland
  12. Iceland

The International Nightlife Association asks for governmental cooperation

The nightlife industry's turnover worldwide is around $ 4,000 billion, employs more than 150 million workers, and moves more than 15.3 billion clients a year worldwide. Not to mention that it is a first-class tourist attraction for many countries in the world. Despite this, it is a global industry that is not taken into account and should be more respected and should receive more aid than it does, since for the moment it's not receiving much

From the International Nightlife Association, member of the United Nation's World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) we want to make a global petition for governments worldwide to take the nightlife industry more into account in economic and social aspects, since governments are the ones who have forced nightlife venues to close, most of them have been closed for over 3 months. This will cause many nightlife venues to not have any other choice but to shut down.  Apart from this as we have mentioned already, the need for nightlife will cause a rise in illegal parties and raves, since clubbers will have nowhere else to go, which we consider can be much worse for the spread of the coronavirus than a nightclub that has applied strict measures. 

Our member association in Spain, Spain Nightlife, has estimated a €10 billion economic loss in the industry and is planning to solicit aid together with the Italian Nightlife Association (Silb-Fipe) to the European Union through the European Nightlife Association, whose President is Maurizio Pasca, also President of Silb-Fipe and Vice President of the International Nightlife Association.

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Linkers and the International Nightlife Association publish said manual of recommendations to establish safety parameters in restaurants and nightlife venues.

With the COVID-19 crisis at its peak and the 'reopening' beginning, the time has come to reopen venues with the maximum guarantees

 

Step by step, we see how some countries are beginning to experience a slow reopening, in which the restaurants and bars are playing a major role but also nightclubs are starting to show their heads. So, while some countries are slowing opening up businesses and people are starting to take the streets, it is expected that shortly clients will also start to visit nightlife venues each time in more countries, always respecting the safety and capacity measures dictated by the authorities of each country. 

To be able to carry out a reopening of the nightlife with the safest measures possible, Linkers has developed a manual of recommendations for post-COVID-19 service operations for the International Nightlife Association, which will thus complement the international sanitary seal "Sanitized Venue", which has been developed jointly by the International Nightlife AssociationLinkers and with the AFLP Group to be implemented in restaurants, bars, pubs, nightclubs, etc. This international sanitary seal ensures the confidence of customers and staff as it protects them at all times from COVID-19. This international seal has also been implemented in several restaurants and nightlife establishments in Spain, and their workers have been trained through the international training manual developed by Linkers

Unlike other manuals, in which the recommendations are aimed at defining the concepts of the standards to be implemented in the sector, this one has made more progress, collecting quality and safety regulations, translating them into recommendations for the operations and procedures of the different service areas of the business. Besides, procedures have been broken down by work areas, kitchen, offices, halls, bar, cloakrooms, parking lots, and as well types of sale, delivery, take away, catering and buffet, with a clear international vision, so that, it can be applied in any country in the world.

It also reflects not only the previous service but also the execution and post service, contemplating the safety measures, cleaning, and disinfection in each of the tasks that integrate the restaurant businesses and nightlife. An eventuality plan is also described, establishing criteria that help the entrepreneurs to adapt it to the characteristics of their business. Besides, based on the HACCP system criteria guide and the new current situation, practical operational recommendations have been defined which help the professionals to carry out their work more effectively and guaranteeing safety standards.

 

Several Spanish venues already have implemented the seal and their staff have been trained with the international manual

This international anti-COVID-19 manual will also be found on the employment portal Hosteleo. In collaboration at a state level with AFLP Group and Spain Nightlife (a member of the International Nightlife Association)a plan is offered to open restaurants and nightlife establishments at a national level with integral disinfection of the premises. This way, from the first moment ensuring that restaurants can open safely and according to the new sanitary measures. Besides, Linkers will offer training that reinforces the aspects developed in the manual, for the correct management of rooms and kitchen equipment within the establishment and, those venues that wish to obtain the "Sanitized Venue" seal must comply with the rest of the requirements.

The collaboration between Linkers, International Nightlife Association, and AFLP Group does not end here and new actions will be developed as we return to the "new normality". The aim, for the time being, is for the "Sanitized Venue" seal together with the international training manual specifically for restaurants and nightlife to reach a total of 20 countries in the next three months.

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The industry is vowing to provide the best measures and tools to prevent the spread of the virus

Demanding to disassociate the LGTBQ  from the outbreak

 
Due to the numerous articles and news reports as a result of the recent coronavirus outbreak linked to a South Korean nightlife area, on behalf of the International Nightlife Association, member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) we want to express our deep discontent for the criminalization our industry is facing. We consider that nightlife, in general, is in no way should be considered or be blamed for the aforementioned incident. All without prejudice to the fact that some individual responsibility can be elucidated if the local authorities determine that there was a lack of compliance with any of the preventive measures enforced.
  
As many of you know, supposedly over 100 people have tested positive for Coronavirus stemming from going out in a popular nightlife district in Itaewon. The spread of the virus has been linked to a 29-year-old male that had visited the nightlife scene in Itaewon during the first weekend of May, visiting up to 5 different nightlife venues and coming in contact with over a thousand other clubgoers. The 29-year-old did not know he had the virus and did not display any symptoms until after going out that weekend, so neither the club nor him could've prevented his entrance to nightlife venues. 
 
Due to this recent outbreak, Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon ordered over 2,100 nightlife venues to close indefinitely with immediate effect, making nightlife in the city disappear once again with an uncertain reopening. At the moment and for the most part, nightlife venues are closed, though some are still authorized to open, they need to do so following strict measures such as obligating clients to wear masks and keep a safe distance. Also, according to the Mayor of Seoul, nighttime police patrolling has been increased to try and detect those venues who are not complying with the measures in place. 
 
We want to also condemn the link between the incident and the LGTBQ community 
 
On the other hand, we also condemn any homophobic actions and want to disassociate the fact that the outbreak occurred in gay nightlife venues, it could have happened in any venue and should not be linked to the gay community. Also, we urge that the media and the authorities take measures to prevent discrimination and stigmatization of the events occurred such as the human rights group, Amnesty International's branch in Korea has solicited. 
 
In our condition of the only worldwide nightlife organization, we are looking into this case and studying the facts and waiting for the result of the official investigations being carried out by the local authorities. So, until then, there's no one to blame. As a matter of fact, if some nightlife venues visited by the person that supposedly caused the outbreak were not complying with the measures enforced it shouldn't directly impact all the others that are doing things correctly not to mention the damage it causes to the image of the sector worldwide.
 
Nightlife feels abandoned despite its importance to tourism and the global economy 
 
As stated by Maurizio Pasca, 2nd Vice President of the INA and President of the European Nightlife Association and the Italian Nightlife Association (SILB-FIPE), "The nightlife industry's turnover worldwide is around 4,000 billion dollars, employs more than 150 million workers, and moves more than 15.3 billion clients a year worldwide. Not to mention that it is a first-class tourist attraction for many countries in the world. Despite this, it is a global industry that is not taken into account and should be more respected and should receive more aid than it does, since for the moment it's not receiving much".
 
The industry is working on prevention since the beginning of the pandemic
 
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the INA started to work on the creation of the  "Sanitized Venue" seal for nightlife business to gain the trust of clients and staff and protect them from the COVID-19 and started to provide the necessary tools for its implementation. We began studying the specific necessities of nightlife venues and chose a name that defines the purpose, which is having nightlife venues as clean and disinfected possible. In fact, as we previously informed, two venues from Spain have already obtained this seal. 
 
The "Sanitized Venue" seal is currently the only international sanitary seal tailored specifically for nightlife venues around the world. Its main goal is to help regain the trust of the industry's clients once nightlife venues are able to reopen. The seal is a clear guarantee that the venues in question are, as clean and disinfected as possible, and at the same time incorporates elements and protocols to protect the health of clients and workers. Some of these being to install hand sanitizing dispensers, the obligation of staff to wear masks and gloves, having gloves and masks available for clients, the introduction of a strict cleaning and disinfection protocol, mechanisms for taking the temperature of clients, informative posters with recommendations for clients, encouraging contactless card payment, mechanisms for ordering drinks from a distance, and optionally, introducing air purification systems among other sanitary protection measures. Additionally, the seal requires training and a protocol of action for all the staff in the venue so that both security staff and staff in dance halls, kitchen, bars, cloakrooms, etc., know how to act at all times.
 
As a matter of fact, the International Nightlife Nightlife Association is totally committed to safety and health since 2013 when decided to launch the International Nightlife Safety Certified seal following the fire in an unlicensed nightclub in Brazil that did not meet the most elementary safety standards, resulting in 234 deaths.
 
The International Nightlife Association provides all kinds of suppliers to help prevent the spread of any diseases to its members 
 
Due to the need of providing measures and material to prevent the spread of diseases and to make the "Sanitized Venue" seal as efficient as possible with the greatest knowledge, the INA has been in contact with numerous suppliers, in order to partner up and provide authorized products. 
 
Regarding temperature taking mechanisms, we are about to close a partnership with a Chinese multinational company, that is present in 60 countries worldwide. Hikvision offers different products that allow for portable detection based on thermal cameras allowing for the detection of people that have a higher temperature than predetermined. 
 
When it comes to the cleaning and sterilization of air, we have partnered with Biow, an air treatment solution that offers total air purification. Biow manufactures an air purification system that eliminates viruses, bacteria, and toxins, totally renovating the air of a venue every 3 hours, similar to an aircraft. 
 
In terms of chemical fogging, in conjunction with the AFLP Group, we signed an agreement with the accredited international company Elis Pest Control. This multinational company, with a presence in 27 countries around the world and duly authorized by the health authorities, is responsible for carrying out all disinfection and cleaning control work in nightlife venues. 
 
Technology industries are developing apps to prevent new sprouts of COVID-19 during the return to the "the normality". This is the case of our partner Discocil, a company that has developed a venue management software that improves the profitability of events and the experience of the attendee. One of their main features is a collaborative platform for each venue where attendees can express, voluntarily and privately, if they have been infected after the event so the promoter can notify the rest of attendees to take the appropriate measures for their safety. While always respecting the Data Protection Laws of each country or territory. As a matter of fact, the South Korean authorities are looking into the possibility of introducing, in the future, the mandatory use of QR codes to be able to verify the client's identity at the entrances of nightlife venues. 
 
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The seal, promoted by the International Nightlife Association is already being implemented in some nightclubs in Spain

 

The seal's protocol includes taking clients' temperature, complete a thorough chemical fogging, raise awareness about safe practices among clients, and staff training

 
For several weeks now, the nightlife sector has been working backstage, taking advantage of this period of inactivity to be as prepared as possible for when the health authorities worldwide allow for reopening. For the time being, although in most countries there is no specific date for reopening, the sector has been taking advantage of this time in different countries to develop an international seal that will allow for customers, when venues reopen, to identify those clubs that offer greater sanitary protection.   
 
The International Nightlife Association, has been the first international organization that has developed and launched a private seal in sanitary terms by launching in early April a sanitary distinction specifically for the nightlife sector. This seal was later presented before the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), being INA a member of the same, seeking its international support and requesting the endorsement of the UNWTO member states.
 
Shortly afterward, on April 17th, the Italian Nightlife Association (Associazione Italiana di Intrattenimento da ballo e di spettacolo -SILB Fipe) announced its adhesion to the "Sanitized Venue" seal, currently the only sanitary seal in the world specifically for nightlife venues.
 
As Maurizio Pasca, President of the Italian Nightlife Association SILB-FIPE and President of the European Nightlife Association, said at the time, "I am excited about the worldwide launch of this private sector distinction and I am confident that it will be very useful when the premises can reopen as it will speed up the gradual recovery of our customers' confidence". And now, when Italy is preparing for the gradual reopening of activities, the Italian and European leaders themselves have said that "At this moment it is even more important that we position ourselves and prepare ourselves as a sector for when it is our turn to reopen, hoping that it will be soon since our business owners will not be able to hold on much longer while closed. In this aspect, we believe that it is key that the local administrations see that nightlife entrepreneurs bet on a firm and clear protection of the health of their clients and workers ".
 
Colombia's nightclubs also adhere to the international sanitary seal
 
Colombia, through our Member Association, Asobares Colombia, has also recently adhered to the international sanitary seal "Sanitized Venue". Additionally, Asobares Colombia has also recently presented a Gradual Reopening Plan (GRP) before the Colombian Government which, among many other measures, includes the implementation of the international sanitary seal for nightlife venues. In the words of Camilo Ospina Guzmán, President of Asobares Colombia"We have already presented the protocol to Colombia's Ministry of Commerce and Tourism, the proposal integrates ideas designed by entrepreneurs and Member Associations of the International Nightlife Association demonstrating that we have taken a step further. Also, we have developed the GRADUAL REOPENING PLAN (GRP) that contains guidelines for cities, nightlife areas, and for shops and businesses, specifically proposing a tiered opening by phases, categories and times of reintegration, everything adjusted to the protocols in biosecurity established by Colombia's Ministry of Health and following instructions issued by the World Health Organization (WHO)".
 
Some Spanish nightclubs are already in the process of implementing the seal
 
Spain, as mentioned above, was the first country in the world to endorse the international sanitary seal for nightlife venues, and, at the moment, there are already two venues implementing it. Specifically, on the one hand, we have DiscoTropics in Lloret de Mar (Girona) and, on the other, Marina Beach Club Valencia, one of the most forward-thinking and state-of-the-art venues in Spain. These two will, therefore, be the first two venues in the world to obtain this international sanitary seal, without prejudice to the fact that there are other clubs in SpainItalyCroatia, and Romania that have already applied for its implementation.
 
In the words of Joaquim Boadas de Quintana, Secretary-General of the International Nightlife Association "the main strength of this reputational seal is that it is international, which will make many tourists and clients of nightlife venues around the world look for it as a reference of quality and protection of client's health. This will not only be visible at the door of the venue but also online since the venues that obtain this seal will be listed on the website of the International Nightlife Association so that customers can pre-select which venues transmit the most trust and, based on that, even decide their final holiday destination".
 
What are the objectives of this international seal?
 
The international sanitary seal "Sanitized Venue" is aimed to reflect the following objectives: 
  
  • Sanitary security: Provide the necessary protocols and items to assure the sanitary security for staff and clients.
  • Adaptation: Adapt and improve businesses under the new post-pandemic paradigms that we will experience.
  • Requirements: Prove that the venue meets minimum international sanitary requirements approved by the International Nightlife Association.
  • Guarantee: Guarantee that the establishment is safe in sanitary and hygienic terms.
  • Prevention: Helps to prevent the spread of viruses to staff and clients and protects the venue’s prestige
  • Detection: Helps to detect possible breach causes that allow you to adopt the proper sanitary, prevention and corrective measures.
  • Ethics: Shows the ethics and compromise of the sector, guaranteeing safety and health requirements and their implementation and also the promotion of good practices amongst users.
  • Confidence: Restore trust among nightlife making them gain consumer confidence by eliminating any fears, since they will be in a clean and disinfected space with multiple measures to protect their health and that of the workers.
 
As Jose Luis Benítez, President of the International Nightlife Association and of Spain Nightlife and also representative of Ibiza's Nightlife Association, mentioned in his last statement, "The release of this certification is a firm demonstration of nightlife's complete involvement and compromise to protect the health and safety of our workers and clients and a vow for the global nightlife community coming together as one in order to overcome this sanity and economic crisis as soon as possible".  
 
The signing of an agreement with an accredited international company in sanitation and disinfection of spaces
 
To make this certification as accurate and efficient as possible with the best expertise in cleaning and disinfection, the International Nightlife Association with AFL Group has signed an agreement with the accredited international company Elis Pest Control (https://uk.elis.com/). This multinational company, with a presence in 27 countries around the world and duly authorized by the health authorities, is responsible for carrying out all disinfection and cleaning control work in nightlife venues that are subject to the seal and, specifically, the following actions:
 
1- Hand antisepsis action
2- Bactericidal action
3- Fungicide action
4- Action against mycrobacteria
5- Anti-yeast action
6- Viricidal action
 
Once the proper disinfection is done, and once it has been confirmed that the facilities have the informative posters in place and the staff has been trained, the company Elis Pest delivers a certification stating that the facilities have been subjected to the disinfection process. This certification is added to the distinction issued later by the International Nightlife Association
 

 
In these difficult times, the nightlife community worldwide is coming together in order to overcome what we consider possibly the worst crisis in the history of the industry. As many of you know, the International Nightlife Association recently launched an international sanitary certification 15 days ago named "Sanitized Venue" currently the only worldwide sanitary certification for nightlife venues. In response to our initiative, our member associations in Italy and Spain, Silb-Fipe (Italian Nightlife Association) and Spain Nightlife have taken a step further for their members by endorsing the sanitary certification and giving the necessary tools to their members to achieve the certification.
 
The certification is a wave of hope for nightlife entrepreneurs and nightlife users for when nightclubs in Italy and Spain can reopen, though the reopening date is uncertain. Italy's nightlife venues have been shut down for over two months and in Spain for over a month already, causing great economic losses to both. We will shortly announce the adherence of new countries to this international health certification since nightlife venues and restaurants in other countries such as Croatia, the United Arab EmiratesColombia, and the United States have already been interested in its implementation. We are pleased to attach the official presentation of the Sanitized Venue certification at the bottom of the email. 
 
Further to this, we vow for the necessity of coming together as a worldwide industry and putting common ideas together to adapt to the current situation and offer solutions to business owners, workers, and clients. 
 
On the one hand, Maurizio Pasca, President of Silb-Fipe, European Nightlife Association and Vice President of the International Nightlife Association has stated the following, "I'm hopeful about the worldwide launch of this certification and I trust that this certification will be of great use once our venues can reopen. This will allow our clients to progressively gain nightlife's trust". 
 
The Sanitized Venue Certification was created with the goal of enforcing a set of specific measures to protect the health and safety of nightlife venue's clients and workers. These measures were not only created to protect clients and workers in nightlife but also so clients can gain the trust they need to go out again and feel comfortable doing so. 
 
What are the objectives of this international certification?
 
The international sanitary certification "Sanitized Venue" is aimed to reflect the following objectives: 
 
  • Sanitary security: Provide the necessary protocols and items to assure the sanitary security for staff and clients.
  • Adaptation: Adapt and improve businesses under the new post-pandemic paradigms that we will experience.
  • Requirements: Prove that the venue meets minimum international sanitary requirements approved by the International Nightlife Association.
  • Guarantee: Guarantee that the establishment is safe in sanitary and hygienic terms.
  • Prevention: Helps to prevent the spread of viruses to staff and clients and protects the venue’s prestige
  • Detection: Helps to detect possible breach causes that allow you to adopt the proper sanitary, prevention and corrective measures.
  • Ethics: Shows the ethics and compromise of the sector, guaranteeing safety and health requirements and their implementation and also the promotion of good practices amongst users.
 
Additionally, Jose Luis Benítez, President of the International Nightlife Association and of Spain Nightlife and also representative of Ibiza's Nightlife Association, has mentioned, "The release of this certification is a firm demonstration of nightlife's complete involvement and compromise to protect the health and safety of our workers and clients and a vow for the global nightlife community coming together as one in order to overcome this sanity and economic crisis as soon as possible".  
 
The signing of an agreement with an accredited international company in sanitation and disinfection of spaces
 
To make this certification as accurate and efficient as possible with the best expertise in cleaning and disinfection, the International Nightlife Association with AFL Group has signed an agreement with the international company Elis Pest Control. Elis will be in charge of to perform and serve through the methods of treatment, disinfection, and thorough hygiene, some of these specific services including: 
 
  • Hand antisepsis action 
  • Antibacterial action 
  • Fungicide action 
  • Action against mycrobacteria 
  • Anti-yeast action 
  • Viricidal action 
 
This will be followed by the subsequent delivery of the document that certifies it and a sticker for the door, as well as basic training for the staff. Not to mention  Elis Pest Control, is in charge of disinfection and uses products authorized by health authorities worldwide such as the ECHA (European Chemical Products Agency).
 
Further to this, Joaquim Boadas, Secretary-General of the International Nightlife Association has said, "The Sanitized Venue certification has been added as an obligatory requirement to obtain the International Nightlife Safety Certified (INSC). All venues who have obtained the "Sanitized Venue" certification will be highlighted at an international level, being placed on our website as a venue who has achieved the seal. This also means that clients will be able to know if the venue they plan to visit has applied all the cleaning and hygiene measures possible to protect clients and workers.
 
As we mentioned in our last press release, the INA is in contact with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), of which is a member, in order to ask for support in introducing this sanitary certification to UNWTO's member countries.
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The International Nightlife Association, member of the UNWTO, incorporates a sanitary certification to its international safety certification The certification will include a thorough disinfection with a nebulizer, a recommendation guide for clients and specific staff training

 

The International Nightlife Association has launched specific measures for its members, that way, once the lockdown is lifted and venues can reopen, clients can gain the trust they need to go out again. To do so, the INA has decided to incorporate an international sanitary certification named "Sanitized Venue" to the International Nightlife Safety Certified (INSC) seal, the certification will be mandatory in order to obtain the safety seal. These measures have been incorporated due to the necessity of creating a cleanliness and hygiene protocol for nightlife spaces in order to prevent the spread of any diseases when venues can reopen.  The INSC seal is part of the Triple Excellence in Nightlife distinction that is made up of a safety seal, acoustic quality seal, and quality of service seal. This sanitary certification will include numerous measures such as the necessity of disinfecting venues with a nebulizer, a recommendation guide for safe practices for clients and a specific training course for staff.   The international sanitary certification "Sanitized Venue" will require the following: 

  • Disinfecting the venue's space and surfaces once a month with a nebulizer. Nebulizing with the proper products allows for deep disinfection of spaces due to its great adherence capabilities. 
  • Install different hand sanitizer dispensing points for the use of customers and staff around the venue.
  • Clean and disinfect, numerous times daily, the areas open to the public, the main entrance, the carpets, the lobby, the counters, the bar counter, the bars, the tables, and the handrails.
  • Frequently (more than once a day) clean and disinfect points with a high frequency of contact, including elevator panels, door handles, vending machines, touch screens, etc.
  • Operate all air conditioning units in fresh air mode, ensuring a constant airflow in the premises.
  • Remove items from the bar such as straws, napkins, and coasters, etc. 
  • Introduce contact-free payment and ordering mechanisms
  • Workers should wear masks and gloves
  • Have masks and gloves available for workers and clients. 
  • Do not hand-out printed publicity
  • Promote credit card payment.
  • For venues that serve food, take the following additional measures:
    • Use different cutting boards and different knives for raw meat and cooked food.
    • Wash hands between handling raw and cooked foods.
  • Inform and train staff on the following measures to protect against coronavirus:
    • Avoid close contact with sick people outside of work.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Do not go to work if you feel sick.
    • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue, then throw the tissue into a closed container and wash your hands immediately.
    • Use only closed containers for waste.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Recommendation guide of safe practices for clients
    • Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Avoid sharing drinks, shots, cigarettes and water pipes (hookah).
    • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a closed container or toilet and wash your hands immediately.
    • Write down your order, so that the bar personnel does not need to get close to listen to your order. 
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Wash your hand thoroughly after using the restroom. This message should be visible on a poster in restroom spaces. 
    • Avoid touching high-frequency points such as door handles and bar surfaces. 

All venues who have obtained the "Sanitized Venue" certification will be highlighted at an international level, being placed on our website as a venue who has achieved the seal. This also means that clients will be able to know if the venue they plan to visit has applied all the cleaning and hygiene measures possible to protect clients and workers.  We are proud to attach below a few pictures of the nebulizing process being carried out in venues in Colombia. Venues in Colombia took the voluntary initiative of disinfecting their spaces and voluntarily closing their doors following the recommendations of our member association in Colombia ASOBARES. The venues shown in the pictures are Theatron, Federal and Vitoria Bar in Bogotá. Theatron is also a Gold Member of the INA. (SEE PICTURES BELOW) Camilo Ospina Guzman, President of ASOBARES Colombia and Vice President of the International Nightlife Association, has stated the following, "The commitment of the International Nightlife Association and its members to safety and hygiene is maximum. The implementation of international seals and certifications is ground-breaking and innovative to guarantee the safety and wellbeing of our clients, that way gaining their trust before venues can open their doors again.  The International Nightlife Association and its commitment to safety and the health of the sector's clients is not something new. In fact, the International Nightlife Safety Certified (INSC) has been being implemented since 2012.  Now the INA is taking a step further by adding the sanitary certification".   Additionally, the INA has been in contact with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), of which is a member, in order to cooperate and contribute ideas in order to surpass de COVID-19 crisis. The INA has laid out a set of specific measures based on the nightlife industry and tourism in general so that the nightlife industry can recover from the COVID-19 crisis. These measures are going to be shared with the Members of the Tourism Crisis Committee and the UNWTO's member countries. Among some of these measures, we have suggested implementing international quality distinctions, extending opening hours and supporting "Pay it Forward" campaigns. 
 

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It has been another weekend when most nightlife venues worldwide were not be able to open its doors, leaving dancefloors empty and clubbers at home. So what are nightlife venues doing? On behalf of the International Nightlife Association, we can say that the venues' main goal is trying to survive economically, while also finding ways to collaborate in the fight against COVID-19. The industry is showing solidarity to the victims of this epidemic and the thousands of cases that there is all over the world. In the meantime highlighting their venues wishing that this crisis is over as soon as possible in order to open their doors once again and have dancefloors full once again. 
 
Among the most outstanding measures of collaboration and solidarity are those recently carried out by our Pacha Barcelona and Opium Barcelona located in Spain, one of the countries with the most number of people affected by COVID-19, have offered their venues to the local hospital, Hospital del Mar, with the intention to free-up beds or become a logistics hub for medical instruments or even a rest area for medical staff. These premises are located at street level and very close to the hospital, making them an ideal space. 
 
Not to mention, The Night League, the multi-award-winning nightlife and entertainment company behind Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel and Hï Ibiza have created a fundraiser with proceeds going to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. In fact, several hotels in Madrid belonging to Palladium Hotel Group, which is linked to The Night League, are already being used as temporary hospitals. In addition to this, O Beach Ibiza, has thanked all medical staff worldwide and has announced that they will have free entry for the season of 2020 and 2021 showing their medical ID. 
 
Also in SpainSala Gold together with Antonio Banderas has made a donation that will allow for making more than 30,000 medical coats for hospitals in Malaga. Similar to this initiative, DC-10 Ibiza has donated about 2,500 medical caps and about 3,000 gloves to medical staff in the Can Misses Hospital, the main hospital of Ibiza and Pacha Ibiza has their in-house seamstress making masks for medical staff. Disco Tropics in Lloret de Mar, is working on a collaboration with Italian DJs in order to present a live stream to show their support to the people of Italy, one of the main countries that have been left devastated by the COVID-19 crisis. 
 
In the USA, which is also currently highly affected by COVID-19E11even Miami, set up a blood bank on its premises, encouraging clients to come and donate blood and rewarding them with an official E11even Miami cap. In Las VegasTAO Group has created the TAO Group Hospitality Relief Fund will assist its employees who might face a range of personal hardships in the coming weeks and months. The Grand Boston is also promoting blood donations with another initiative. 1OAK New York promoted a live stream to raise funds to provide healthcare for underprivileged families via the Children's Health Fund.
 
On the other hand in Colombia, the Colombian nightlife association Asobares Colombia, association adhered to the INA, recommended two weeks ago that over a 1,000 venues shut down voluntarily to protect the health of clients and workers and in order to prevent the spread of the disease, also Asobares has created a fund together with suppliers to help the Colombian nightlife industry and its workers. 
Well-known international liquor suppliers to the nightlife sector have also implicated themselves in the fight against COVID-19. In this sense, Pernod-RicardBacardi and Diageo among others, have donated large quantities of their alcohol production to make liquor in order to make hand sanitizer.
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Due to the recent events related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) the International Nightlife Association, member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), has assessed that almost all countries around the world have been obligated to shut down or restrict nightlife activity. 
 
Cities around the world have imposed capacity limits or forced to shut down nightlife venues all together obligating venues to find alternatives to canceling events such as switching to livestreaming, selling merchandise, and holding contests. 
 
Not to mention, electronic music festivals planned for the upcoming months have been postponed or canceled, among these festivals include Miami's Ultra Music Festival and Miami Music Week, France's Tomorrowland Winter, California's Coachella, Spain's Primavera Sound and International Music Summit (IMS), and Japan's Rainbow Disco Club.
 
Consequently, and due to the restrictions in all the countries, we have estimated that the nightlife industry losses will reach 360 billion dollars by the end of April. 
 
 
Tips and Recommendations for nightlife venues and entrepreneurs 
 
  1. Promote your facilities on social media.
  2. Share videos and photos of past events and bring back memories on social media.
  3. Revisit your venue's history on social media with touching facts. 
  4. Create creative content for future social media posts. 
  5. Promote your venue on social media by doing a raffle or contest to make clubbers promote your brand, even sell discounted VIP passes.
  6. Promote merchandising. 
  7. Promote special cocktails, food, rooms, or unique things you do in your venue to standout. 
  8. Chefs can show their recipes on social media, and bartenders can create cocktails via live streaming or social media posts. Encourage your clients to interact with these videos, allowing them to post them elaborating recipes and tagging the venue.
  9. Engage with influencers. 
  10. Prepare events long term (1 year time).
  11. Improve your facilities.
  12. Set up a crowdfunding campaign.
  13. Implement quality certifications to gain prestige. 
  14. Prepare protocols to reopen with possible safety restrictions and new hygiene protocols. 
  15. Share your new safety protocols on social media, this way clubbers will feel more comfortable visiting your venues when this is over. 
  16. If your venue pays rent, try to negotiate the price with your landlord as well as consider looking into your insurance policy for rent abatement.  
  17. Look into the possibility of filing an insurance claim. 
  18. Get financial support or ask for a loan at an early stage to be sure you have enough resources to keep your business working.
  19. Try and treat the situation with your employees as best as possible, negotiate working terms, payoffs, keep their safety as a top priority. In the end, the employees are what make the business work.
  20. Take advantage to learn and grow to come out better when everything is back to normal. Take online courses, get certified or even take a masterclass.
  21. Focus on what you can improve before reopening.
  22. Try and save as much as possible on spending, insurances, loans, fixed costs. 
  23. Study measures to apply once the venue is open to reduce costs and also improve hygiene and safety to prevent any further incidents and also make customers feel more comfortable.
 
Alternatives
  
Nowadays, there are many different platforms that allow for streaming such as Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch. Twitch is being chosen by some artists due to the economic possibilities it offers to streamers. 
 
Also, Clubcomission Berlin and Reclaim Club Culture have launched the world's "biggest digital club" called United We Streamwhere different venues around Berlin host streams at 7 pm every evening, apart from DJ sets and live performances, there will be discussions, presentations and even movies related to club culture. Viewers are asked for voluntary donations in order to support local artists and venues. 
 
Also in Europe, Ibiza is promoting a campaign in order to set the summer part season back up until November, using the hashtag #moveyourspring clubbers are encouraged to postpone their holidays instead of canceling them entirely. Ibiza's summer tourism generates about €770 million and accounts for 35% of jobs on the island. Ibiza has also been forced to postpone the International Music Summit which was scheduled to take place in May, for May 2021, though IMS will host a virtual edition of this year's event. 
 
In the UK, Crowdfunder and Enterprise Nation will provide the tech and tools to enable small businesses to pre-sell their services now on a promise to their customers that they can redeem them later. To support the 5.9 million small businesses across the UK, the campaign called, Pay it Forward, will provide access to free training for small businesses, to help with online sales, cashflow support, and legal support, delivered by Enterprise Nation.

 

Crowdfunding and Donations 
 
Some nightclubs and entities related to nightlife have set up crowdfunding pages in order to help the venues stay open and help its staff, some of these being: London's Village UndergroundBerlin Institution Watergate, Berlin's Nightlife Emergency Fund, New York's House of YesGood Room, Elsewhere , San Francisco's Halycon exchange donations for gifts, and "Save our Scene" Campaign
 
In regards to helping out the local community and coming together to help fight the COVID-19 crisis, Studio 338 in London has created a temporary food bank for the local community and some nightclubs in Spain have offered their venues to create hospital spaces in order to help relieve the current collapse found in hospitals. 
 
 
Our Gold Members
 
Some of our Gold Members are gifting clients with the opportunity to enjoy the best music live, playlist, donations and other initiatives:
 
 
 
Lastly, from the International Nightlife Association we ask all venues to follow safety measures and recommendations from their respective governing authorities. The INA also asks for all clubbers to follow recommendations, stay at home and avoid meeting with large groups of people that way when the moment is right the nightlife community can come together go out and enjoy nightlife in a safe manner. 
 
The International Nightlife Association will give support to their member associations in order to ask for grants, tax deferral, suspension of mortgage and rent payments, among other aids to their respective governments otherwise the industry will not be able to get passed this health and economic crisis. 
 
 
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Dear all, Due to the recent events related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) the International Nightlife Association, member of the United Nation's World Tourism Organization, has created a COVID-19 safety guideline with advice and measures aimed at nightlife entrepreneurs to avoid and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. These recommendations are the following:

  • Install different hand sanitizer dispensing points for the use of customers and staff around the venue.
  • Clean and disinfect, numerous times daily, the areas open to the public, the main entrance, the carpets, the lobby, the counters, the bar counter, the bars, the tables, and the handrails.
  • Frequently (more than once a day) clean and disinfect points with a high frequency of contact, including elevator panels, door handles, vending machines, touch screens, etc.
  • Operate all air conditioning units in fresh air mode, ensuring a constant airflow in the premises.
  • Promote card payment.
  • For venues that serve food, take the following additional measures:
    • Use different cutting boards and different knives for raw meat and cooked food.
    • Wash hands between handling raw and cooked foods.
  • Inform and train staff on the following measures to protect against coronavirus:
    • Avoid close contact with sick people outside of work.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Do not go to work if you feel sick.
    • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue, then throw the tissue into a closed container and wash your hands immediately.
    • Use only closed containers for waste.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Inform clients about protective measures against coronavirus by placing information panels at different points in the premises:
    • Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Avoid sharing drinks and water pipes (hookah).
    • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a closed container or toilet and wash your hands immediately.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

In order to protect employees and customers in the industry, the International Nightlife Association has designed and distributed a poster with the recommendations that are included in this mail, which has been sent to its member associations from different countries. Below you can download the informative poster addressed to clubbers.  The commitment of this international organization to the health and safety of the sector's customers is not new, as since 2012 we have been developing and implementing the international nightlife safety certificate, known as International Nightlife Safety Certified (INSC).
 
In addition, the International Nightlife Association will support its members in requesting tax and employment benefits in the event of a significant reduction in customers in the nightlife industry, as unfortunately, is already happening in Italy.
 

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