It’s been 16 months since the first lockdown was announced due to Covid-19. We've endured 3 total lockdowns prohibiting the sale of alcohol and we've been closed for a total of seven and half of the last 16 months.
Since the end of the first lockdown, which lasted 5 months, we’ve been operating under extremely restrictive conditions which have significantly reduced the number of guests we’re able to accommodate as well as our trading hours. Curfew and the related early closing times for bars and restaurants have had the biggest impact and while we’ve done everything possible to trade as best we can, the combined effect of the lockdown restrictions have brought us to the point where we are unable to continue to operate under these conditions.
There is some good news though: 𝙒𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙉𝙊𝙏 𝙘𝙡𝙤𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙙𝙤𝙬𝙣.
After discussing the situation with our team and finalising an agreement with our landlord, we’ve made the decision to go into hibernation until such time that all Covid-19 related restrictions have been lifted and we're able to once again operate at full capacity. Doing so ensures that we will survive and get to the end of the pandemic with our resources intact. We intend to be here for the long run and by hibernating for the remainder of this tough time, we'll have jobs to offer and a bar to come back to when all this is over instead of closing permanently.
We’ll be open for the duration of August, after which we’ll shut down operations for a few months. At this point its impossible to say when we’ll be re-opening but one thing is certain, WE WILL BE BACK!
We hope to see you often throughout August. We’d like nothing more than to have a fun-filled month, seeing our locals and regulars before we close temporarily at the end of the month.
We have some exciting things planned while we’re hibernating. We’ll be updating the look and feel of the interior, ensuring that Proof is better than ever when we reopen. We’ll be celebrating our 5th birthday in January and we remain hopeful that we’ll be open by then to celebrate with every one of you who’s been part of our journey so far.
We’ll keep you updated as and when we have news but in the meantime, we have four full weeks to enjoy so let the good times roll!
Dan and Wayne