Nightclubs Are Reopening Under COVID-19 Restrictions, And Boy Do They Look Different

Is this the future of clubbing?

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As COVID-19 lockdowns begin to ease around the world, there’s an anxious question waiting to be answered: When will nightclubs and live gigs return?

The answer, at the moment, is no one really knows. Back in April, Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy flagged that festivals and nightclubs would be off the table for the “foreseeable future”, or until a vaccine is found.

But as community transmission has remained so low, and as pubs and restaurants reopen in earnest, there might be a chance we find ourselves back on the dancefloor sooner rather than later.

Of course, they’re going to be a little different to the sweaty dens of sin we know them as. Over the weekend, clubs in the Netherlands tentatively opened their doors to punters for the first time since lockdowns were eased, and it was a very strange sight.

According to Reuters, punters had to book to get into Doornroosje nightclub to watch a short set in the afternoon. There was a max of 30 people on the dancefloor, and they had to remain seated the entire time, appropriately distanced from each other.

“It’s still very cool,” promoter Jonatan Brand tole Reuters. “People are still dancing, although they are on the chair, they’re fist-pumping, they’re moving their bodies, so — it’s great.”

Check out footage from the club below.

Photo Credit: Daniel Foster/Flickr, World Bar Facebook