Can I start this news update by saying a massive thank you to all who came to the club over the weekend to commence PUB MODE, many for the very first time and especially Cameron A who made it all the over by car and plane from Germany to be part of it along with some regulars. Bravo to you all. If you were waiting thinking it would be busy so held off then please share your clairvoyance abilities to see what the future holds. I need it.
It's a simple first come basis so if you come early the chances are really good you will get in and a seat just as everyone did over the opening weekend - come later then who knows what will be available.
If you are still unsure or anxious about coming/going out then that is still perfectly understandable so don't feel like you have to. Come when you are ready or for a flying visit to see for yourself even. It's free entry anyway.
A second big thank you to all who in the main without any assistance were able to go along with the measures, guidance and distancing at tables we had to put in place to re-open. Some had to get a few reminders about certain things which is understandable given the new way of having to operate also having to put in a one system for the internal main stairs case and exits. Well done again. You'll get the hang of it.
Sadly some didn't even make it over the first hurdle not wanting to give details on entry or even happy with the electronic method we are employing for track and trace /test and protect.
Can I just mention that this is mandatory also for your privacy as we feel a name in a book method for the way we want to operate is just not an option, plus I've seen many of your handwriting in the past.
Can I also re-mention every club and pub will have their own way of doing things based on their own circumstances, layout and how they want to operate and stick to the guidelines laid out by the Scottish Government.
As I mentioned in my video we are going full out to manage the risks posed to us by spacing tables and stools as far as possible, having the minimum of people go to the bar for service and having door staff to manage numbers coming in for example to build confidence where others may not have that luxury.
We want you to feel safe about coming to the Dread in these very different set of circumstances as in the past.
It certainly should not be the same hitting a few bars then thinking you are coming for a dance thro til 3am as many thought it would be - that's just not what's happening for the foreseeable future so please come early as its first come for us - no bookings and no slot times to stay so as like last weekend many stayed for the majority of the night. Last entry is a strict midnight for us now FYI. Full customer guidance is available to view and download via our website.
Sadly due to the ongoing Pandemic and still no updates on when Live Music can safely return we will have to postpone more future events for now into August at least.
Reading between the lines priority from Scot Gov is to get the Schools back mid August first before allowing any other phase 3 lockdown restrictions to re-open as alluded to in FM statement on 22/7/20 that businesses and sectors still to re-open will have be a wee bit more patient which is understandable also to see what impact many other sectors just re-opening are having on transmission rates in Scotland.
The Live music sector is one of the hardest to satisfy not only social distancing but to also balancing whether venues can safely have enough customers seated or otherwise in to make it viable in the early days.
We are well placed, prepared and have taken so many extra steps in pub mode with one eye on live music returning but there will still be a limit similar to pub mode on how many can get in which will shape and determine what gigs can go ahead safely and be financially viable. Hence why some of the events already are being altered that have either sold out / close to selling out so way over where the safe NEW limit may well be or logistically impossible to have one gig on when others have cancelled on a tour etc. The variable are just a nightmare so please be patient.
As Guidance is yet to be fully detailed on WHEN we will be allowed to take the first baby step in bring live performances on stage and the logistics required to make it happen we will have to keep doing what we are doing and look ahead a month at a time and based on the feeling and information at that time make decisions to cancel, postpone and move events around.
Once again many thanks for your understanding and continued support.
IF things are updated further on next lockdown progress report on 30 July 2020 we can go from there.