In response to the severe and increasing vulnerability of global nighttime economies and cultures caused by COVID-19, the nightlife advocacy agency VibeLab reunited a set of experts on nighlife governance and urban planning from around the globe to work together on the Global Nighttime Recovery Plan (GNRP).
The Global Nighttime Recovery Plan is a collaborative, practical guide for cities. It proposes ideas to design and execute a safe and feasible strategy to reopen and reactivate their creative and night-time economies. The guide is a joint effort that involves activists, practitioners, academics and industry representatives from all over the world, and is meant to be an interactive platform to share frameworks, tools, and practices among cities during these unprecedented times. For this reason, the guide is meant to be both an accurate but flexible document that can be updated as the circumstances change.
Why is it needed?
Cultural, community, and economic activity at night is essential to a city’s vibrancy and productivity and supports numerous local and international industries. The nighttime economy:
But the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown nighttime economies and cultures into uncertainty across the globe.
In many cities, clubs, venues, and other gathering spaces will likely be the last to re-open, making nighttime cultural economies highly vulnerable. As we begin to shift from lockdown, we must re-envision how urban systems coexist with the ongoing threat of COVID-19—and those systems must extend into the night.
Realistic, objective, empowering: The GNRP is written to provide all members of the night-time ecosystem the tools and inspiration to aid their cities in planning and executing responsible re-opening. It is both a collaborative and flexible document, and will be updated as circumstances change and new information becomes available.
More information here.