Thousands return to UK dance floors as restrictions officially lift

Restrictions in the UK have officially lifted, and thousands are returning to the dance floor after more than 16 months. As social distancing requirements are removed, club-goers are still asked to show proof of either a negative COVID test or full vaccination in order to gain entry.

Full capacity festivals are also marking their return after restrictions lifted on July 19, with Creamfields and dual-site Reading and Leeds slated to go ahead later on this summer. Nightclubs have also been enthusiastically picking up traffic once again, with London’s fabric and Manchester’s The White Hotel running day and night for an entire weekend to welcome audiences back to the dance floor.

While fans are happy to return to their beloved clubs, the sad reality that many have been forced to permanently shutter due to the pandemic becomes more apparent. One in eight nightclubs have shut down due to financial strain over the course of the past 16 months.

The rise in the delta variant of COVID-19 also creates cause for concern, with public health physician and member of the Independent SAGE panel, Dr. Gabriel Scally, recently calling the decision to lift restrictions “immoral and unethical.”

H/T: DJ Mag

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