Britain allows first night club event since Covid-19 outbreak for trial period

The event in Liverpool will welcome 6,000 clubbers across two nights.

A group of people in a night club
British revellers have returned to night clubs in Liverpool for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began, as part of trials to see how venues can reopen. File photo: Thibault Trillet/Pixabay

PRETORIA, 1 May (ANA) – The first nightclub event in Britain since lockdown commenced more than a year ago in response to the Covid-19 pandemic has taken place in Liverpool with revellers free from face masks and the requirement for physical distancing, the BBC reported.

Some 6,000 night-clubbers are being allowed to return to the dance floor for a two night pilot event only for those living in Liverpool, the public broadcaster said on Friday, adding that ticket holders would have to produce a negative Covid-19 test result before being let in.

British scientists will use the exercise to gauge whether crowd mixing and dancing indoors increases transmission of the coronavirus which rapidly became a global pandemic after being first reported out of China in December 2019.

After partying, the club revellers have been encouraged to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test five days afterwards, to make sure any spread of the virus is properly monitored.

The event is part of the national Events Research Programme which will provide data on how events for a range of audiences could be permitted to safely reopen as part of the roadmap out of lockdown, Sky News reported.

Public health expert Professor Iain Buchan, who is leading the research, told BBC Newsbeat that his team would use carbon dioxide monitors to detect pockets of stale air in the venue.

“There will be also be small cameras for the scientists to monitor people’s movements,” Buchan said.

Speaking to British evening newspaper Express & Star, 20-year-old Sam Murphy said said after starting at Liverpool Hope University, he had had the worst fresh year ever because of Covid-19 restrictions. Even tearing ligaments in his foot and having to wear a protective boot had not deterred him from attending the nightclub event, he told the paper.

Eighteen-year-old Leah Lawless said she and her friends had been waiting to return to clubs for around a year.

“We are very excited. It’s been hard, it’s been boring, a bit sad, depressing and not the best,’’ Lawless told the Express & Star.

– African News Agency (ANA), Editing by Stella Mapenzauswa

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