Another York venue takes the ‘heartbreaking’ decision not to reopen on 4 July

The big beer garden at the Fulford Arms. Photograph: Fulford Arms on Facebook
29 Jun 2020 @ 7.27 pm
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The Fulford Arms is another key York venue taking a raincheck on reopening this weekend.

Despite having a large outdoor space and beer garden, the pub on Fulford Road says opening now would threaten its survival.

Like the Crescent, it is one of York’s biggest live music venues. And like his counterparts at the Crescent, Fulford Arms owner Chris Sherrington says he has taken the very difficult decision with the long-term viability of the venue in mind.

“We have thought long and hard about reopening, just as a pub and we yearn to see our regulars and pour a pint,” he said in a Facebook post.

Due to the fact that live performances won’t be allowed any time soon, they won’t be opening their doors on Saturday.

“It is heartbreaking to not be able to do this yet.

“We are aware that we are fortunate to have a wonderful outdoor space, however utilising it regularly is not as simple as it would first seem. Relying and planning based on the British weather is difficult at the best of times.

“With the additional staffing requirements and measures that would be necessary to deliver the environment that you, our staff and importantly our neighbours and local community deserves, it would instead threaten the long term survival of what we are proud to have built up over the last six years.”

‘Too high a risk’

The Fulford Arms. Photograph: YorkMix

Chris says cultural and community spaces have been at risk for years and “after this crisis they will be more important than ever.

“We want to ensure that we are here for all of the communities we serve for years to come because if we close then it will be gone forever.

“Opening now would be too high a risk to that and we stand alongside many other local and national venues and pubs at this time who are having to make the hard choices.”

The Fulford Arms, like the Crescent, has joined forces with the Music Venues Trust to campaign for more support for the sector.

He wrote: “Once the long term future of the venue is secure, when the guidance around live entertainment is changed and most importantly when it is safe and responsible to do so, we will be working on projects to help fill this cultural vacuum, alongside the wonderful partners we work with to bring you the very best moments again.”