Thousands of young people split up at a Liverpool nightclub on Friday as part of a government-backed trial to restart mass public events as the COVID-19 pandemic gave way even further in England.
About 3,000 revelers aged 18 to 20 danced to the beats of music in a dock warehouse, in close contact with each other and without wearing masks, according to a Reuters witness.
“We’re excited. We’re all on the verge of tears and ready to go in,” a student named Josh told the BBC as he waited in line in front of the place.
The two-day event is part of a pilot scheme to see how more seats can be opened safely. It also included a football cup final, which was attended by 8,000 people on Sunday at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Researchers will gather data from these events to see how social distancing and ventilation approaches affect the spread of the virus.
Retailers in England opened on April 12, along with pubs and open-air restaurants, and from May 17, restrictions will be lifted, which include indoor hospitality, performances and sporting events.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to lift the lock completely in June.
Although the UK released vaccines against COVID-19 much faster than most European peers, it recorded more than 127,000 deaths from COVID-19, the fifth highest death rate worldwide.
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