Van Morrison to launch legal challenge against Northern Ireland Covid-19 ban on live gigs
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Van Morrison to launch legal challenge against Northern Ireland Covid-19 ban on live gigs

VAN MORRISON is looking to take legal action against Northern Ireland's current ban on live gigs due to Covid-19.

The singer has put Stormont on notice - through his legal representatives - over the current ban on live indoor music events.

He wants there to be a judicial review of Covid-19 restrictions in the country, arguing that Northern Ireland should allow events to take place in areas where infection rates are low.

Morrison's solicitor Joe Rice told the Press Association: "Many people in the music and arts world in Northern Ireland have been devastated financially, socially and artistically by this complete ban.

"This differs from the law in England and Wales and the evidence behind such a negative decision in this jurisdiction is far from obvious."

Mr Rice added that the legal challenge will also be "on behalf of the thousands of musicians, artists, venues and those involved in the live music industry.
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"[Mr Morrison] is determined to ensure that, as we endeavour to emerge safely from this lockdown, artists and musicians will have a proper opportunity to play their part through live music to restore the cultural, social and economic wellbeing and success of our society."

Morrison has been a vocal critic of Covid-19 restrictions both in the UK and Ireland, and has previously encouraged the public not to lockdown or to adhere to social distancing advice.

In September 2020, he released three songs protesting Covid-19 lockdowns in the UK and accused the government of "taking our freedom".