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Covid UK: When will nightclubs reopen?

Clubs have been closed since March 2020 (Picture: Getty)

Nightclubs and dance halls across the UK have been closed since the first lockdown in March 2020, much to the frustration of party animals everywhere.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson previously gave a nod to the industry in a speech back in February, when he said that rapid turnaround lateral flow tests could be used to test those in the queue for clubs and venues for Covid-19.

From seasoned party-goers to first-year university students who had to miss out on freshers week, there are many Brits desperate to find out when they can next enjoy a night out.

Here’s all you need to know about when you can get back to cutting some shapes on the dance floor.

When will nightclubs open in the UK?

Following Boris Johnson’s announcement on July 5, nightclubs look set to open their doors once again from July 19.

The news came after the Prime Minister confirmed that large scale events and gatherings could resume from that date – while scrapping social distancing and mandatory face masks.

women taking a selfie in a club

Clubs in England will remain closed until at least July (Picture: Getty)

This date only applies to England. Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales have not yet indicated when their venues will open to clubbers.

The original delay in lifting the restrictions came due to the outbreak of the ‘double mutant’ strain of coronavirus, known as the Delta strain.

During an announcement on May 14, Boris Johnson said: ‘I have to level with you that this new variant could pose a serious disruption to our progress and could make it more difficult to move to step four in June.

‘And I must stress that we will do whatever it takes to keep the public safe.’

The PM highlighted four tests which must be met in order to roll out the lockdown easing:

  • The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully
  • Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated
  • Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS
  • The assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new variants of the virus

What Covid safety measures will be in place in nightclubs?

While face coverings and social distancing may not be required by law, venues may still impose restrictions of their own to ensure that Covid cases don’t suddenly surge.

This may include lateral flow Covid-19 tests, and temperature checks on entry, while some may also required proof of vaccination – even though ‘vaccine passports’ won’t be a legal requirement to go to clubs and large-scale events.

women laughing in a club

You’ll be cutting some shapes in no time (Picture: Getty Images)

The government has been conducting some tests to find out whether it’s safe for large-scale, non-socially distanced nights-out to return.

In late April and early May, some 3,000 clubbers were allowed to pile into warehouse raves in Liverpool.

The ravers were maskless, and social distancing was scrapped.

All those who attended had to produce proof of a negative test result before entry while they will also have to take another test five days afterwards.


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