A CITY centre bar has announced it is closing its doors until the sector receives ‘proper support’ amid the coronavirus lockdown.

With a 10pm curfew currently in place on bars and clubs in Wales, severely affecting venues which do most of their business late at night, Atlantica Bar and Club in Market Street is closing until further notice.

Senior staff member Adam Smith – who is also behind a petition to get the 10pm curfew on pubs and bars lifted in Newport – said the venue’s opening hours had decreased from 40 hours a week to just eight hours since the curfew came in three weeks ago.

“We have a 93 per cent reduction in our takings compared to this time last year, and we’ve had minimal financial support other than a loan in April which we have to pay back within the year,” Mr Smith said.

“Our capacity went from 120 to 37, and we’ve had to employ more staff to ensure social distancing and necessary checks are done.

“How can we come close to paying back loans and paying for overheads when we are operating a nightclub for just eight hours a week?

Source : Argus