These have been very trying times, for not only Happy Dayz, but for Soft Play Centres as an industry.
Happy Dayz closed their doors in March 2020, and was due to re-open on 7th August along with trampoline parks and inflatable parks.
The NI Executive told us the evening prior to opening, that although all other categories in sector could open: Trampoline parks, inflatable parks, arcades, bowling alleys, casinos; we as a soft play centre could NOT open. Our £10,000 grant was gone. We had no money left.
We were devistated. Luckly we were still receiving furlough for our staff, and started to use our personal savings to support the rest of the business.
The business eventually opened on 17th September.
Business was slow but we had enough to cover our overheads (heating / Lighting / food / wages)
The NI Executive then announced a circuit breaker on Monday 12th October to begin on Friday 16th October.
We were opened a month
But, we felt that if the Cheif medical officer deemed it unsafe for children to mix, and for all other businesses in our sector to close (trampoline & inflatable parks etc), then ofcourse we had to close too.
The NI Executive created a list of businesses that must close
They were going to support all businesses that they closed, with a £800.00 financial support to keep the business ticking over. This came along side the Job rentention Scheme to supoprt the employee wages.
This was enough for most businesses to tick over until the economy was operational again.
THE NI EXECUTIVE DID NOT PUT SOFT PLAY CENTRES CLOSED LIST.
We believe this to be madness!
We absolutely should be closed.
Myself and my husband closed our doors volantary for the 2 week circuit breaker.
We used our personal savings to support the business for those 2 weeks
But, we are now at the end of those 2 weeks.
We have NO financial support
We have no Job Rentention Scheme for our employee wages
My Husband works in Happy Dayz full time; we ar a small family business that want to survive..
The NI Executive are forcing us to open our doors, even though we dont want to!
We need to pay the monthly bills still coming through our door, for both Happy Dayz and for our family home.
We have spoken at length with our local Environmental Health Officier and council.
We have completed a throrough Risk assessment.
The Cafe / Restaurant will be closed and only available for takeout at the end of your visit.
We will have specified time slots, with a break of an hour in between to allow for an industrial spray clean throughout the centre and frame.
There will only be an approx of 20 people in any one booking slot.
People will be asked to read and sign a waiver to ensure that they are socialising within their bubble.
Everyone will temperature checked upon arrival and hand sanitizer used.
Everyone over the age of 12 MUST wear a mask.
Staff have visers and are behind perspex glass.
Tables are widley seperated in the centre, over 3 metres apart.
We will not be able to cover our overheads unless we charge everyone in, so due to this we have reduced the cost per child. It is £4.00 per person. Babies in a pram will not be charged
Please visit our booking page to book your slot.
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