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Nightlife will resume in full on 19th July in England

Restrictions – including mask-wearing, proof of vaccination, social distancing and capacity limits – will be scrapped in two weeks.

Boris Johnson

With ‘freedom day’ fast approaching in England, today marks yet another vital milestone for the country – with Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivering yet another hotly-anticipated Coronavirus briefing. 

On what marks the 73rd birthday of the UK’s beloved NHS, Prime Minister Boris Johnson took to the stand at 10 Downing Street – accompanied by his scientific advisors, Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patric Vallance.

It had been suggested – over the weekend – that there would be a controversial lifting and scrapping of all restrictions, which have been nothing short of crippling for UK nightlife for over a year. With tensions rising around the industry, today’s news will come as a welcomed olive branch as the PM announced the following. 

From 19th July, you will no longer need to:

  • Wear a mask in an enclosed space – by law.
  • Provide proof of vaccination or a negative test result to gain access to a nightclub/festival.
  • Observe social distancing.
  • Operate at a limited capacity.

This is extremely positive news for the nightlife sector in England, with today’s briefing giving the green light for nightclubs and festivals to resume operation in just a few short weeks.

Although this is cause for relief and excitement around the UK, as brands and promoters will no doubt now start releasing a sea of incredible parties and lineups, the final decision on easing restrictions will be made and finalised on 12th July. 

The Prime Minister also stressed that all of the above is conditional to no new concerns or variant outbreaks between now and 12th July. But with a large mass of the UK now in receipt of at least one dose of the vaccine, it looks doubtful that any incidents will steer the course of ‘freedom day’ any later than 19th July. 

With England through to the semi-finals of the Euros and freedom being a matter of weeks away, it looks like 2021 may be the best summer this country has had for a long time!

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