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Are clubs opening tonight? | Metro News

Dance floors have been off-limits throughout the pandemic (Picture: Getty)

Nightclubs and dance halls across the UK have been closed for months, affecting everyone from seasoned party-goers to first-year university students who had to miss out on freshers week.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson previously gave a nod to the industry in a speech on Monday July 5, when he said that clubs 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.

UK clubbers return to the dance floor as nightclub Circus hosts the first dance event

Clubs are finally back (Picture: Anthony Devlin/Getty)

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.

REKOM UK, which owns chains Pryzm, Bar&Beyond, and Fiction among other clubs, have said their venues will not require a negative Covid test to enter.

You won’t need to wear a face mask, either, so don’t worry about matching one to your outfit.


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