Clubs reopening: What you need to know and what to wear

Nightclubs have reopened. Here's our guide to what to expect in England, plus our fashion editor's style tips.

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Clubs are open again after the relaxing of COVID restrictions on 19 July. We’ve rounded up rules, club policies and some style suggestions for those heading to their nearest club.

Nightclubs reopening: The rules

You can now go clubbing with your friends without having to try to understand them through their face masks. Social distancing is also no longer mandatory.

The government has encouraged nightclubs to ask clubbers for proof that they’ve been vaccinated or are immune, or have a negative test result, but a report in The Guardian says 4 in 5 clubs won’t ask for verification.

From the end of September, the rules will change and you’ll need a COVID vaccination passport – showing you’ve been fully vaccinated – to enter a nightclub.

Nightclub entry policies

Different nightclubs currently have different policies. The website of Ministry of Sound, one of the biggest clubs in London, cites official advice recommending wearing a face covering in crowded places, but they’re not mandatory at the club. Ministry of Sound also says it will have hand sanitising stations throughout the club and courtyard.

Before you head to a club, it’s smart to check if it has published a COVID safety policy on its website.

What to wear

If you’re heading to a club, your dancing wardrobe may need a refresh after 16 months of gathering dust. Finder’s fashion editor Gia Johnson can help you find the best outfit for your night out shaking off the past year.

“Even if your eyelash glue has dried up and your feet can no longer stand to be in heels for more than 5 minutes, it’s not too late to revamp your style for your big return to the club.

“This summer season the club scene will be all about neutrals and monochrome. Yep, black is the new black. We recommend structured dresses, lace accents, ruffles and midi-lengths. And about those high heels? You don’t need them! Ease yourself back in and stick to chunky mid-heels or flats for those dance floors.”

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