Nightclubs and gig venues are set to reopen on ‘Freedom Day’ without the need to show vaccine passports or negative Covid-19 tests.
After more than 15 months of closure due to pandemic restrictions, revellers will finally be able to enjoy big nights out when step four of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown comes into force on July 19.
Ministers initially planned to insist that businesses ensured punters aren’t infection before being allowed entry.
However the Evening Standard reports that Michael Gove, the Cabinet minister leading a review, believes it would be ‘too much hassle’ for both public and venue to require testing to go clubbing.
It comes as coronavirus case numbers are at the highest they have been since January 29 with a further 26,068 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK in the latest 24-hour period.
The Standard quotes a government source as saying: “We are increasingly confident that people are protected and the plan is to reopen everything, with no exceptions.”
A formal decision on clubs is due by July 12.
Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association, told the Standard mandatory tests would have a massive impact on the nightclub industry.
He said: “If you are in a late-night London pub and thinking of going on to the club around the corner, there’s a good chance that having to take a test would make you question whether to bother.”
The news was welcomed by Greater Manchester’s nightlife tsar and Warehouse Project and Parklife boss Sacha Lord.
Mr Lord tweeted a link to the article and wrote: “Huge respect to Michael Kill, CEO @wearethentia for his tireless work for the nightclub industry #LetUsDance.”
Last week a report found no substantial outbreaks of coronavirus were reported after a series of pilot sporting and music events.
Around 58,000 people events in April and May – including the FA Cup Final at Wembley, the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield, a clubbing event in Liverpool and an Blossoms concert in the same city.
The report said 28 cases of covid were recorded during the first nine indoor and outdoor events.
It’s thought a good night out adds £40billion to the UK’s economy.