The Lancashire nightclub is the first to reopen in the UK, although it's less than 10 kilometers from the new restricted area, which is at the heart of the country's coronavirus concerns
- The Switch nightclub in Preston opened its doors to party goers on Saturday evening
- At the last minute, the council announced that the club had been given the green light
- The footage shows night owls inside the venue and many other queues outside
A Lancashire nightclub is the first in the UK to reopen despite being blocked despite a government ban.
The venue is less than ten kilometers from areas in northwestern Britain that have been partially closed after an increase in Covid-19 cases.
Residents of nearby Blackburn with Darwen, Leicester, and Greater Manchester have been locked locally and are not allowed to meet members from other households indoors.
The Switch nightclub in Preston reopened its doors to party goers on Saturday evening after being given the green light by the presidency.
Despite last month's announcement by Boris Johnson that nightclubs across the UK must remain closed to loosen the blocking restrictions.
Recordings posted to an Instagram account show night owls at the busy venue, while dozens more are queued outside.
The Switch nightclub in Preston reopened its doors to party goers on Saturday evening after being given the green light by the presidency
The footage on social media shows night owls at the venue, while dozens more line up outside
Preston City Council announced that the venue could be reopened from its previous position just a few hours earlier in a surprising U-turn.
In a statement on Saturday evening at around 7:00 p.m., the council said: "According to new advice from the external lawyer, the Preston Switch City Council has just informed them that, despite yesterday's clear government orders to the contrary, they can reopen legally."
They added, "This is done on the strict basis that Switch adheres to the agreed security precautions and does not allow dancing at the venue. The venue can be reopened tonight."
The Council admitted that the decision was a very different position from that which we had previously announced. & # 39;
The announcement triggered a backlash from angry locals. & # 39; This is an absolute shame !!! I had to cancel my wedding with a week's notice, but you allow the opening of a nightclub !! Terrified about it !! & # 39; One person wrote on Twitter.
Another said: & # 39; Absolutely ridiculous. We will be blocked again by the end of the month.
Announcing the Preston City Council sparked a backlash from angry locals
One Twitter user accused the council of being "without a backbone" while another insisted that the council should revoke the nightclub's license for public health reasons.
"Surely you still have the right to withdraw your license for public health reasons? It is still a local decision. The integrity of the Council looks very bad after this U-turn. How do you expect people to follow your advice to distance themselves afterwards? ", Write.
The Prime Minister reiterated last month that nightclubs across the country must remain closed despite relaxation of the restrictions on blocking.
"Unfortunately, nightclubs and softplay areas will have to remain closed for the time being, although this is still under review," Johnson said on July 17.