REVELLERS have hit the dance floor on Freedom Day after Boris Johnson warned that a Covid vaccine passport will be needed to do the same in September.
Party-goers will have to be double jabbed to enter nightclubs from the end of September, the PM declared last night.
Brits were seen out and about after nightclubs reopenedCredit: LNP
Revellers in Liverpool headed out for a big nightCredit: LNP
Clubs have reopened for the first time in over a yearCredit: LNP
In a major U-turn, Boris said vaccine passports will be needed to hit the dance floor in a bid to boost take up among 18 to 30 year olds.
Excited revellers returned to nightclubs tonight and partied up a storm across the UK.
It came after Brits cheered and boogied as clubs finally flung open their doors for the first time in 16 months to celebrate Freedom Day.
Freedom-hungry punters who had queued outside clubs for hours downed pints as they partied into the night.
Revellers counted down the seconds until they could finally hit the dance-floor at midnight yesterday – grinning wildly in colourful outfits as they got inside.
The reopening of the country’s 12,000 nightclubs has been eagerly awaited by partygoers after dance-floors were shut more than a year and a half ago.
And by midnight yesterday, long queues had started to form outside venues with revellers keen to party away the memories of the past 18 months in lockdown.
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Punters in Birmingham out on the townCredit: SnapperSK
Freedom Day has meant Covid restrictions are all goneCredit: SnapperSK
Party-goers have made the most of the new rulesCredit: SnapperSK
Queues were seen outside popular nightclubsCredit: SnapperSK
SHOW US YOUR JAB
The PM made the announcement about vaccine passports being needed to enter nightclubs from September at a Downing St press conference amid fears not enough youngsters are getting the shot.
Ministers are desperate to get as many jabs into arms as possible before self-isolation rules are eased on August 16.
Boris said: “We’re concerned, as they are in other countries, by the continuing risk posed by nightclubs.
“I should serve notice now that by the end of September, when all over 18s will have had their chance to be double jabbed, we’re planning to make full vaccination the condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather.
“Proof of a negative test will no longer be enough.”
The PM expressed concern that more than a third of 18-30 year olds – some three million people – still haven’t taken up the jab yet.
Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance added: “Right the way across the world we’ve seen nightclubs and venues where you’ve got lots of people indoors crowded together are a focus for potential super spreading events.
“There’s no question that is an environment in which spreading is easier, you’ve got lots of people quite close together, you’ve got the environment in which spreading becomes easier.
“I would expect that with opening of nightclubs we’ll continue to see an increase in cases and we will see outbreaks related to specific nightclubs as well.
“And that’s again why it’s so important that everybody comes and gets a vaccine so we can reduce the chance of spread and we can reduce the chance of consequences of that spread.”
Partiers at a nightclub in PortsmouthCredit: Paul Jacobs/pictureexclusive.com
Dance floors are full once againCredit: Paul Jacobs/pictureexclusive.com
Excited Brits are making the most of their newfound freedomCredit: Paul Jacobs/pictureexclusive.com
A group of pals out in PortsmouthCredit: Paul Jacobs/pictureexclusive.com