Prime Minister Boris Johnson previously gave a nod to the industry in a speech on Monday July 5, when he said thatclubs may be able to open in a matter of weeks without attendees facing any coronavirus test requirements.
As Freedom Day approaches and clubs finally return, many are now planning their first nights out.
Here’s all you need to know about when you can get back to the dance floor.
Are clubs open tonight?
Some clubs are opening immediately – at 00:01 on July 19.
If you literally cannot wait to go out and dance, venues across the country will be back for the first official night out in England since March 2020.
The industry has been particularly hit by lockdown, as 16 months have passed since they were last able to open.
In London, Hackney’s Oval Space is hosting a mini-festival to mark the rule change, while Bristol’s Lakota is opening its doors for an event called The Rave Returns.
Michael Gove confirmed last month that vaccine passports, or test results, would not be necessary to enter bars or nightclubs.
Though it may depend on each venue, legally, you are not required to show proof of double vaccination or negative test results.
Venues might still decide to ask for them, however, so it’s worth checking their rules before buying tickets.
Boris Johnson told a Downing Street press conference that nightclubs and other venues with large crowds are urged to ‘make use of the NHS Covid pass’, adding that it was a ‘matter of social responsibility’ – but it is not a legal requirement, for now.
Speaking to the BBC, Michael Kill, head of the Night Time Industries Association, criticised the Prime Minister’s statement.
‘We have consistently opposed the use of Covid passports for access to industry events and venues, logistically it presents many issues,’ he said.