At midnight last night (July 19), fans returned to nightclubs across England as the country entered its ‘Independence Day’, with all legal COVID-19 restrictions now lifted.
As part of the government’s unlocking plan, nightlife is now back in England without social distancing or capacity limits as the country enters the fourth and final phase of its route out of lockdown.
A large number of nightclubs held special opening parties last night, opening their doors after the ban was lifted at midnight.
These included Kingston nightclub Prism, London’s EGG venue, Fiber Bar in Leeds and more. Check out photos, footage and reaction from the country’s return to clubbing below.
— benjamin butterworth (@benjaminbutter) July 18, 2021
– Nitya Grasiana Rajan July 19, 2021
These are pictures of a nightclub in London last night ️
Many have reopened for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
It is as if the final phase of the unlock in England started at midnight.
more #bbc breakfast With @luxmy_ghttps://t.co/hAsY2xummy pic.twitter.com/mbDeDdmbEi
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) July 19, 2021
Nightclubs may reopen in England for the first time in 16 months.
this was it @Lakota Bristol – which opened today at 00:01 am.
PM urges caution as most legal restrictions on social interaction have been lifted https://t.co/ieokfQdupy pic.twitter.com/bVLnJlPJFu
— BBC Radio Bristol (@bbcrb) July 19, 2021
Nightclub queues in Manchester celebrate as the clock strikes midnight and Covid restrictions are lifted in England. pic.twitter.com/C0wNrABeIm
— Christine Burgum (@ChristineBurgum) July 19, 2021
Last week, REKOM UK – which has more than 40 nightclubs across the UK – rejected the government’s advice to request COVID passports from attendees voluntarily after the ban was lifted, and a new survey found that the UK Eight out of 10 nightlife businesses are scheduled in the U.S. Ago.
A survey of 250 locations conducted by the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) found that 82 per cent may not be asking their customers to provide their COVID status to gain entry.
talking to Earlier this month, NTIA boss Michael Kiel said the challenge of reopening nightclubs “is to be responsible”.
“We have to be realistic in terms of protecting our employees and customers while maintaining some key protocols and really consider government guidance. We need to do our part,” he said. “We can’t just say: ‘The doors are open – let’s run’. Let’s proceed with caution.”