The Mayor of Bristol has encouraged people to support mass events and nightclubs when they reopen.
Boris Johnson announced earlier this week that large events such as sports games, stadium gigs and live theatre shows are set to return at full capacity with no social distancing requirement on July 19.
Speaking during a press briefing this morning (July 7), Bristol mayor Marvin Rees voiced his support for those businesses.
He said: “Those venues have done excellent jobs of creating covid safe environments.
“I do think people should be going to those places [festivals, clubs and other mass events] because those places have been given the guidance and engage in practices that create covid safe environments.
“It is good for those businesses as well, so people can socialise safely.
“Our responsibility is to go to covid secure environments and practise covid safe behaviours.”
Referring to the curfew imposed during previous restrictions, Mr Rees added: “It is one of the issues we had last year, when we had that hard cut-off at nighttime venues.
“The danger was that, as people spilled out at the same time, they left covid secure environments into covid insecure environments, with everyone out on the streets at the same time.”
Also during the briefing, Mr Rees encouraged people to continue wearing face masks in enclosed spaces when the rules change.
A final decision will not be made until next week, but the Prime Minister has given a strong indication that he does not intend to delay the date again.
However, many scientists and public health specialists have disagreed with the decision of making mask wearing a personal choice.
During the briefing, the Mayor said it is necessary to continue to take measures to minimise risk.
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