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First club to open after lockdown will invite 3000 people to check Covid safety
April 6, 2021
A trial will soon see thousands of clubbers hit the dancefloor for the first time in over a year since lockdown began.
The experiment will gather valuable information on how clubs can open across the country without the need for social distancing.
Around 6,000 people will be able to bag a spot at the warehouse at Bramley-Moore Dock in Liverpool on April 30 and May 1, with 3,000 in attendance on each night.
Nightclubs and the clubbing scene have been one of the hardest-hit industries in the UK and has remained in lockdown throughout.
For those wishing to attend, they must live within a Liverpool postcode and be happy to take a Covid lateral flow test producing a negative result before gaining entry.
Sometime after, the club night attendees will be required to do a follow-up test.
Club owner and DJ Yousef Zaher said: "What I’m looking forward to is just that feeling of being a DJ again, because you know that’s what I’ve been doing for 20 years.
“But I think when everything connects, all the dots connect the music, the environment, the people, me playing, everyone having a good time, feeling safe, we can forget about Covid for even five minutes.
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“That would be more than enough for me.”
The venue in Liverpool, which can hold up to 10,000 people, will have scientists present during the two nights so will look slightly different to what people are used to – but as Yousef points out the evening is about "collecting data".
He also said he can picture “super excited” revellers jumping around in a circle “going nuts” and seeing people they have not seen in a “long, long time” in a safe environment.
Yousef said he cannot quite “compute” having the very first club night as the nation comes out of lockdown, adding: “Maybe it’ll go down historically in some way, but for me, the important thing is to get out of Dodge the best we can, try and get Covid behind us.”
Circus has been a leading house and techno music event for 18 years.
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The Government trials will take place in the hope of enabling the safe return of crowds to mass gatherings and will include Wembley football cup finals, a comedy club in Liverpool, and three 10K races.
Liverpool City Council has confirmed that events taking place in the city as part of the trials will not require people to show Covid-19 vaccine passports.
A spokesman for the council said on Sunday: “The line which was briefed out yesterday by the Government about Liverpool’s events being included in the vaccine passports trials is incorrect – none of our events in Liverpool will involve them.”