AS PUBS and restaurants across the country reopen their doors to the public, many music venues are keeping their doors firmly shut.

Reopening guidance issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy emphasises that pubs and other venues should not permit live performances from July 4.

Due to this, many local music venues will remain closed.

However, one nightclub has decided to use this time to gauge people's thoughts on providing the public an alternative to their usual service.

Ty Temel of Halo nightclub in Bournemouth has suggested opening the club as a slightly different concept to what was previously offered.

This includes temporarily making the club a table only venue that offers drinks and food packages, provided solely through waitress service.

The music would likely be a DJ or recorded music as a result of the live music restriction.

Ty said: "The idea is in very early stages and for now we will sit still and see what July 4 brings and how it plays out. We need to find a balance between losing our business, what we've put our lives and passion into, and keeping people safe."

So far, the response to Ty's suggestion has been very positive with people older than the club's usual demographic encouraging his idea.

Reopening the club would also improve its current financial situation.

Ty said: "We were forced to close on March 20 just five weeks after we completed a major half a million pound refit in January, leading us into a massive deficit. We're an independent, local business so we don't meet the criteria for grant help, we only qualify for loans. We don't want to wrap ourselves in debt as it doesn't go away."

This thought was echoed by live music venue Mr Kyps in Poole.

Gemma Varnfield, a spokesperson for the venue said: "Most music venues haven't had much government help. Mr Kyps employees are mostly self-employed and we're all just hanging on for dear life. Taking out loans would force us to get into debt which isn't a solution."

The Parr street venue, which has cancelled 35 events due to take place this year, will not be reopening anytime soon with concerns it may not be feasible to do so until 2021.

Gemma said: "Live music venues aren't like pubs where you can social distance. And with all the costs involved in live music, we can't have the venue half full. I can't see live music coming back until 2021. There seems to be no end to the virus."

In the meantime, Gemma is planning for Mr Kyps to host an outdoor drive-in live music event on the upcoming August bank holiday, in Wimborne.

For now the venue, like many others, will remain closed for the foreseeable future.