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When will nightclubs reopen in the UK?

NIGHTCLUBS have faced plenty of empty evenings since coronavirus forced them to close in March.

Although gyms, swimming pools have reopened, the government has postponed the next stage of easing lockdown - so it looks like nightclubs won't be back in business for a while.

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The government has not announced when nightclubs could be allowed to resume business
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The government has not announced when nightclubs could be allowed to resume businessCredit: Getty Images - Getty

When are nightclubs reopening?

At present, it is unclear when nightclubs will open their doors again, after Boris Johnson confirmed on July 17 that they will remain closed.

The PM said for now nightclubs and soft play centres will stay shut, yet this will be kept under review.

This is due to the difficulty of making them Covid-secure due to limited social distancing and lower ability to keep areas clean constantly.

In the Government’s three-step plan published on May 11, it states that reopening venues where the “core purpose is social interaction (such as nightclubs) may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in the numbers of infections”.

The Government plan read: “Reopening outdoor spaces and activities (subject to continued social distancing) comes earlier in the roadmap because the risk of transmission outdoors is significantly lower.”

How will social distancing work?

It is believed that nightclubs will be required to adhere to a strict set of rules before resuming operations.

On June 20, The Times reported how a document - reportedly drawn up by Government officials and hospitality industry executives - states that dance floors are “a challenging area to operate" with social distancing remaining in tact.

The report claimed the document suggested clubbers could be required to use hand sanitiser.

Dance floor fans may be subject to temperature checks before entry, and queuing outside venues would be spaced out with markings to maintain distancing.

At present it is unclear when nightclubs will open their doors again
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At present it is unclear when nightclubs will open their doors againCredit: Getty Images - Getty

What is currently open?

Outdoor pools and outdoor performances, including opera, theatre and music, were allowed to reopen first, from July 11.

Meanwhile, beauty salons, tattoo studios and tanning salons reopened from July 13.

Nail salons and massage parlours were also allowed to reopen from that date.

Indoor gyms, indoor pools and indoor sporting facilities have been allowed to reopen from July 25, in a boost for fitness buffs.

Businesses that are not allowed to open just yet include:

  • Nightclubs
  • Indoor play areas including soft-play 
  • Exhibition or conference centres - where they are to be used for exhibitions or conferences, other than for those who work for that venue.

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