A nightclub trial run kicked off in Liverpool, England, on Friday, April 30, as crowds flocked to the first of two dance parties at Bramley-Moore Dock warehouse which required no social distancing or face masks.
The “First Dance” event, hosted by Circus, formed part of the country’s Events Research Programme (ERP), which aimed to examine the examine the risk of COVID-19 transmission at large-scale events, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Some 6,000 people were expected to attend the parties over Friday and Saturday, the BBC reported. To gain entry, attendees were required to take a COVID-19 lateral flow test (LFT) test, which offer rapid results.
“Anyone who has missed the excitement of being with other people in a club environment is invited to a beautiful and spacious warehouse to dance the night away without the need to socially distance,” the ticket site read. Masks were optional.
Footage from attendee Mark Woosey shows crowds partying as DJ Jayda G performed on Friday evening. Credit: Mark Woosey via Storyful