Clubs reopen for British revellers as lockdown restrictions are lifter after 16 months (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
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On 19 July the UK came out of lockdown and the final covid restrictions came to an end.
More business reopened fully, social distancing measures ended and compulsory face coverings in the majority of places came to an end.
With nightclubs now open after a long 16 months of closure, anyone over 18 can now go clubbing.
It may depend on each individual venue, but legally, you are not required to show proof of double vaccination or negative test results at present.
However by autumn this will change.
By the end of September, those wanting to attend a nightclub must prove that they’ve received their full course of the Covid-19 vaccination.
Young clubbers queue around the block at a few minutes to midnight waiting for Covid-19 restrictions to be dropped
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Proof of the full course of vaccinations is to be shown via the NHS app which will act as a Covid passport.
Many believe that the Covid passports have been introduced to help encourage the younger generation to receive their Covid-19 vaccinations.
From the end of September, those who are not fully vaccinated will not be able to attend nightclubs or other busy, crowded venues.
How to find your Covid passport?
You can use the free NHS app as your vaccine passport
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In order to enter a nightclub after the end of September, everyone must show their Covid passport which confirms they’re fully vaccinated.
The Covid passport is available to those who:
- Have had a full course of the Covid-19 vaccination (a full course is 2 doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccine, or 1 dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine)
- Had their vaccination in England
- Are 16 years of age or older
You can only access your Covid pass two weeks after receiving your second dose or the full course.
This can be found through the free NHS app, which is different to the NHS Track and Trace app.
You will need to be registered to a GP in England in order to use this but do not need to contact your GP to register with the app.
Pryzm nightclub in Brighton proved a popular spot for clubbers on Freedom Day
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When on the NHS app it will provide two barcodes, one for each vaccination received. This is what venues will use to check if people have received their full course of the vaccination before entry.
The barcode expiry dates will automatically update each time you log into the app, so be careful if saving the barcodes to your Apple wallet that the date will not expire when you need to use it.
You can also access your Covid passport via the NHS website to download and print a copy as a PDF.
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This works the same as the NHS app so be sure to check the expiry date on the barcode before printing, it will automatically update each time you log in to view it.
Alternatively, you can also request confirmation of your vaccinations through an NHS letter in the post.
You can request your letter to be posted out to you by visiting the NHS website or by calling 119.
The track and trace app will not be used for the covid passport, but may still be used in clubs
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Letters can take up to five days to arrive so be sure to do this in plenty of time.
There will be no social distancing measures in place in nightclubs nor will people need to wear masks when attending a club again but people may still be required to check in to the venue via the NHS Track and Trace system.
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