Willenhall Social Club has released a statement telling regulars it is “absolutely gutted” it will not be able to hold its traditional New Year’s celebration.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock yesterday confirmed Coventry will remain in Tier 3 for the festive period, meaning hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and clubs will be closed for what is usually their busiest time of the year.
The club responded to the announcement on social media to commiserate with members about missing out on the “best New Year’s Day celebrations going”.
The post reads: “After (the) announcement by the government Coventry will be staying in tier 3. Unfortunately this means we still won’t be able to open the club.
“We are absolutely gutted as our club has the best New Year’s Day celebrations going .”
The post ended: “Management, staff and committee would like to thank all members for their continued support and wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Let’s have one big party in 2021. Stay safe everyone and see you all soon.”
Many were quick to offer their support to the club. Ruth Cherrington said: “I really feel for you and all the other clubs right across the country.
“You did everything you were supposed to do and more to be Covid secure but still closed indefinitely.
“We really miss our clubs, our social centres, that we need now more than ever. I do hope you can get through this! Sending my best wishes to you.”
The club’s assistant bar manager Nathan Dodd, spoke to CoventryLive last month about the issues the tier system has caused.
He said at the time: “We would usually make quite a bit of profits from Christmas from events and the amount of people we get in. Boxing events or New Year’s Day would be full to capacity.
“It has just destroyed us, I know a lot of people will struggle to get out of this, I’m hoping we will be all right on the other end.”
He added: “We’d all like to get back to working really, especially over Christmas as that’s our busiest time of the year, normally we’d have big parties, events, pantos, boxing nights, the Christmas period would being us in quite a bit of money, but not being able to do that we are going to lose out considerably.”
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