Cambridge clubs full of people without social distancing on Freedom Day
Hundreds of revelers partied Monday night (July 19) as all lockdown restrictions were lifted.
Clubbers flocked to MASH on Sidney Street on Monday night for its grand opening, with some choosing to wear masks.
The opening of the club came as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his intention to make two doses of a vaccine mandatory for entry to the club from the end of September.
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The announcement angered large sections of the hospitality industry, with many sites just opening for the first time in 18 months.
The co-owner of the city’s newest nightclub questioned the fairness of plans for mandatory vaccine passports.
Louise Holly, co-owner of MASH, said she was not against the measures, but wanted them to be adopted at a broader level, rather than targeted at the nightlife industry.
“The more people who get vaccinated, the better it is for everyone,” she said.
“I think if this applies to clubs, it should apply to all levels of hospitality. I think this should apply wherever there is a lot of space, it should not be limited to clubs.
“I’m not against it, I just think it should be wider. Where do you draw the line? What is the difference between a lively pub and a crowded theater?
“This will ultimately impact our business to some extent, but these rules need to be applied at all levels,” she added.
Ms Holly said she had not yet received any guidance on how clubs might verify proof of full vaccination, with the announcement coming on the same day she opened for the first time since the start of the pandemic last March.
About 400 people were able to attend the club’s opening night which “could not have gone better”.
Ms Holly added: “The dance floor was very busy, it was a great atmosphere in terms of usability. I think people were just grateful that they came out.
“It was so awesome. That’s why we do what we do, to bring people together and have a good time. It wasn’t crazy so it was a nice, manageable event, if our events continue in this vein we should have a really good race.
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“When you get back you feel like you’ve never strayed from it. It was great to be back.
“As long as people act like they did last night, we can safely organize these events,” she added.
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