Nightclubs and gig venues will open on July 19 without Covid tests, reports say

Nightclubs and concert halls will open on July 19 without revellers having to show a covid test result or proof of the jab, it is reported.

Enforcing coronavirus-related entry requirements would be “too much hassle” for the public and venues, a government source told the Evening Standard.

The news will give nightlife businesses a huge boost as they wait to finally re-open in under three weeks' time.

Michael Gove, who has been tasked with leading a review of the 'freedom day' measures, is understood to believe testing to get onto a dance floor is would put people off causing businesses to lose out.

A source said: “We are increasingly confident that people are protected and the plan is to reopen everything, with no exceptions.”

Simon Thomas, the chief executive of the Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square, London has described the encouraging noise as a "godsend".

He said: “This would be a godsend to the night-time economy so we can relaunch central London to a global audience. It’s time to get on with life and live with this virus as we’ve lived with others before.”

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Trial events such as a weekend of dancing at Bramley-Moore Dock warehouse in Liverpool, allowed party-goers to mix without masks or social distancing.

Results from April which was the UK's first restriction-free gig since covid, showed “no substantial outbreaks” of the disease followed.

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The success of Britain's vaccine roll out has significantly broken the link between cases and fatalities.

Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association, has also argued against the proposition of making the public test before entering a nightlife premises, The Sun reports.

Mr Kill said: "If you are in a late-night London pub and thinking of going on to the club around the corner, there’s a good chance that having to take a test would make you question whether to bother."

The government will officially confirm on July 12 what action must be taken by businesses once they are allowed to open the following week.

The Prime Minister's spokesman said: “Cabinet agreed that once we have completed the road map, we will be able to live with Covid in the future even if cases continue to rise, thanks to the protections provided by the vaccine.”

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