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SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

Preston nightclub plans to be first to reopen in Britain with £200-a-night tickets – despite government ban

A NIGHTCLUB is set to become the first in Britain to reopen, with tickets on sale for £200 - despite orders to stay closed.

Switch nightclub in Preston, Lancashire, is planning to open its doors on Saturday after being closed for six months.

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Switch nightclub is planning to reopen this Saturday despite coronavirus restrictions
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Switch nightclub is planning to reopen this Saturday despite coronavirus restrictionsCredit: Facebook
Tickets for the reopening cost as much as £200
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Tickets for the reopening cost as much as £200

Earlier this month, Boris Johnson said nightclubs must remain shut despite coronavirus lockdown measures easing - but live indoor concerts will be able to resume with socially-distanced audiences from August 1.

Despite the rules, Switch announced on social media that it will be opening its doors this week.

"We know you have all been waiting... the beast is back!" the nightclub posted on Facebook.

Switch claims it will have a lower capacity in all four of their rooms to help with social distancing while both standing and sitting customers have to buy tickets online.

"Things will be a little different but we have a full roster of amazing live entertainment over four rooms," Switch posted on Facebook.

The night out doesn't come cheap - tickets start from £10 with the club charging up to £200 for 'VIP' night out in Preston.

Revellers have been told to arrive at designated times to ease queues and to follow one-way paths once inside.

The club plans to be open on Fridays and Saturdays after its reopening this week.

COUNCIL GIVES GREEN LIGHT

Preston City Council said it has given Switch approval to open this weekend. It will operate more as an "indoor music venue" than a nightclub.

Spokesman Simon Neighbour said: "Further to an onsite meeting with Switch we are satisfied with their proposals to reopen and re-purpose their venue for live music with additional seating and enhanced Covid protection measures including no dancing."

He said the council had worked with Switch to bring in extra protective measures, and that the health and safety of staff, residents and customers was its "primary concern".

The Sun Online has contacted Switch nightclub and the Government for comment.

On July 17, Boris Johnson said nightclubs would have to remain closed "for now", but this would be reviewed.

Number 10 has confirmed this also means dance halls, discotheques, strip clubs, and other sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars must remain shut.

All indoor play areas, including soft play spaces, must stay closed too.

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.

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

Meanwhile Boris said that live indoor theatre and concerts would be able to resume with socially-distanced audiences from August 1.

Pubs reopened on July 4 with thousands of punters flocking back to their beloved haunts.

The Government has previously announced a £1.57bn support package for the arts, with music venues, theatres, museums, galleries, independent cinemas and heritage sites eligible for emergency grants and loans.

Switch nightclub in Preston is planning to reopen on Saturday
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Switch nightclub in Preston is planning to reopen on Saturday
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