Furious locals slam nightclub bosses after venue became first in UK to reopen

Disbelief as nightclub located less than six miles from northern lockdown area at centre of coronavirus spike concerns becomes FIRST in the country to reopen - with some revellers paying up to £200 for entry Switch nightclub in Preston reopened its doors to party-goers on Saturday night  Last-minute U-turn saw the Council stating the club had been given green light Footage shows revellers inside the venue and many more queuing outside

By Sophie Tanno For Mailonline

Published: 18:25 BST, 2 August 2020 | Updated: 20:42 BST, 2 August 2020

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A nightclub in Lancashire has controversially become the first in the UK to reopen after lockdown despite a government ban.

The venue lies less than six miles from areas in the north western county which have been placed back on partial lockdown following a spike in Covid-19 cases. 

Residents in five nearby boroughs of Lancashire as well as Greater Manchester and parts of West Yorkshire have been placed on localised lockdown. 

Switch nightclub in Preston reopened its doors to party-goers on Saturday night after it was given the green light by council chiefs. 

It comes despite Boris Johnson announcing last month that nightclubs across the UK must remain closed amid an easing of lockdown restrictions.  

Footage posted to an Instagram account shows reveller in the busy venue, while dozens more queued up outside.  

Switch nightclub in Preston reopened its doors to party-goers on Saturday night after it was given the green light by council chiefs

Some of the party-goers can be seen dancing to the music, despite Preston City Council announcing that the venue would reopen under the condition that no one was allowed to dance

Switch nightclub in Preston reopened its doors to party-goers on Saturday night after it was given the green light by council chiefs

Footage on social media shows revellers in the venue, while dozens more queued up outside

Footage on social media shows revellers in the venue, while dozens more queued up outside

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