When can nightclubs reopen in the UK?

NIGHTCLUBS have been left empty since coronavirus forced them to close in March.

Following the latest update to the lockdown list 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[/caption]

When are nightclubs reopening?

At present, it is unclear when nightclubs will open their doors again, however the government has confirmed that they will remain closed by law for the time being.

The PM said for now nightclubs and most other venues 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?

In spite of pubs, theatres, music halls and many open-air venues now being allowed to start running again with social distancing, nightclubs pose a major challenge.

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 intact.

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.

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At present it is unclear when nightclubs will open their doors again[/caption]

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.

What can reopen from August 15 and what's still closed

CASINOS and bowling alleys were initially among a list of businesses due to reopen on August 1, but this was delayed after a spike in infections at the end of July.

Businesses that can reopen from August 15:

Businesses than can reopen from October:

  • Sports stadiums welcome back fans
  • Conferences can go ahead
  • Strip clubs

Businesses that must stay closed:

  • Nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques
  • Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars


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

Wedding receptions in the form of a sit-down meal in a COVID-secure location for up to 30 guests will now be permitted.

Beauty salons, tattoo studios, spas and barbers across England will be able to offer all close contact services now too.


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