The Government is apparently going to allow Liverpudlians to attend clubs earlier than the rest of the UK, as part of a COVID pilot plan.
Providing Boris Johnson’s proposed roadmap goes to plan, Britain should see social restrictions fully lifted on 21st June, which will allow clubs to reopen.
This new proposed scheme for Liverpool is set to start on 12th April however, the same day that Step 2 of the roadmap will come into place (non-essential retail re-opening).
As part of this trial, nightclubs, comedy clubs and business events venues in Liverpool will be allowed to open.
The scheme will involve multiple different elements being tested out, such as the use of face covers, and differing levels of ventilation and venue layout.
Those taking part in the scheme will need to have proof of a negative test before the event, and will also be required to agree to being monitored post-event to see if they were exposed to COVID.
The Events Research Programme will the data to suggest to the Government how large-scale events will continue on safely post lockdown.
Oliver Dowden, the UK’s culture secretary said: “These test events will be crucial in finding ways to get fans and audiences back in safely without social distancing. We will be guided by the science and medical experts, but will work flat out to make that happen. We want to get the people back to enjoying what they love and ensure some of our most important growth industries get back on their feet. These are important steps towards the safe and special summer we all crave and that I’m fully focused on delivering.”
It seems that time will tell as to what this pilot tells us, and whether it’s actually a good idea.
It’s also interesting how Liverpool has again been chosen as a city to effectively act as a “guinea-pig”, the last instance being when mass testing was rolled out in the city in November as a trial scheme.
For the rest of the us, it seems we’ll have to wait until June to party.
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