The General Assembly of Erzsébetváros passed a silence decree last Thursday, which would regulate the opening hours at night more strictly than ever before. Now the workers of the party district are protesting.
The new decree would see the bars being closed between 12 AM and 6 AM, starting in two months, as we have reported before. It would also regulate restaurants and shops on Király street, Erzsébet boulevard, Rákóczi way and Károly boulevard, as they can only be open between 12 AM and 6 AM if they request and receive a permit for it. Also, shops are not allowed to stay open unless they do not sell alcohol between 10 PM and 6 AM.
Like many other things, the nightlife has greatly suffered due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Budapest was not immune to that either, reported Index.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Budapest’s nightlife has suffered a fatal wound during the COVID-19 pandemic, and lost its life to the last wound received from headless district ordinances and public conditions,” the organisers of the “The Funeral and Resurrection of the Night in Budapest” event.
The founder and owner of Szimpla, Ábel Zsendovits, was on Index Kibeszélő last Friday, where he announced the workers will also organise a demonstration against the measures by the local government under Péter Niedermüller’s name.
The demonstration to solve the problems, organised by the local nightclubs will take place on July 29, Wednesday, starting at 4:30 PM.
“All caterers, cooks, musicians, DJs, producers, collectives, club owners, cleaning ladies, bouncers, actors, artists, writers and poets, goos, technicians, dubsteppers, rockers and rappers, all-night bus drivers, nurses, couriers, promoters, sound technicians, creatives, old and young people alike” are welcome to the demonstration according to the Facebook event.