Nightclubs in England will reportedly reopen on 19th July with no requirements for attendees to present negative COVID-19 tests or proof of vaccination.
A government source told the Evening Standard that Michael Gove, the Cabinet minister leading a review on COVID-19 vaccination passports, believes it would be “too much hassle” for the public and businesses for health checks to be required prior to entry into venues.
A Central London protest against the continued closure of the UK's nightlife scene attracted thousands of music fans and scene figures over the weekend.
Taking place on June 27th, the #FreedomToDance protest, which was organised by a group called Save Our Scene UK, ran for eight hours, targeting the UK Government's recent extension of some COVID-19 lockdown measures to July 19th, as well as a continued lack of support for the UK's nightlife industry. The protest, which opened with a speech by DJ Judge Jules, had the backing of the UK's Night Time Industries Association (NTIA).
Do Not Sleep has announced details of its summer closing party at Amnesia Ibiza.
Doubling as the house and techno brand's first and last party on the island in 2021, the event takes place at the White Isle club on 12th October and will feature headliners Patrick Topping, Paul Woolford, Cinthie and Gerd Janson on the Terrace.
Ibiza could be one of the new destinations added to the UK's travel green list.
The Times reports that a government source has suggested imminent travel to the White Isle - as well as the rest of the Balearics and Malta - is a "real possibility" from next week. Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to announce details this afternoon (24th June).
Clubs have begun reopening in Spain on a regional basis, with indoor parties starting up in cities including Barcelona, Zaragoza, Santander, and Madrid.
The announcements follow an Interterritorial Health Council vote earlier this month outlining plans for all 17 of the country's regions — which include island territories — to roll out localised rules governing the safe return of nightlife in their area.
A man has lost his hand during violent clashes with police at an illegal rave in France.
The unlicensed event, which took place in Redon, Brittany over the weekend, had been advertised on social media but was banned under COVID-19 restrictions currently in place in the country.
Over 1,500 people attended the rave, which was reportedly held in honour of Steve Maia Caniço, who died after falling into the Loire river following a police raid on a concert in 2019.
New York nightclubs with a capacity of 5,000 or under are no longer required to ask for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for entry.
Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that almost all lockdown restrictions were being lifted in the area due to the high levels of vaccination uptake. 70% of New York residents aged 18 and over have received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccine already.
Over the past weekend, 10,000 people attended a UK festival pilot event without masks or social distancing.
The organiser of Download Festival said the event was “100% evidence” that large-scale music events can take place safely amid the pandemic. Melvin Benn, managing director of Festival Republic, which staged the event, hailed the compliance of many of those in attendance with testing requirements, as scientists and the UK government hoped to use data from the event ahead of the planned full relaxation of social distancing measures next month.