- Title: Show must go on, say dancing protesters urging Britain to fully reopen
- Date: 27th June 2021
- Summary: ***WARNING: CONTAINS PROFANITY*** VARIOUS (4 SHOTS) OF BLACK DJ TRUCK SLOWLY DRIVING THROUGH CROWD VARIOUS (2 SHOTS) OF WHITE TRUCK WITH PEOPLE DANCING ON IT AMID CROWDS OF DANCING PROTESTERS
- Embargoed: 11th July 2021 19:26
- Keywords: COVID-19 coronavirus demonstrators lockdown nightclubs police protests vaccine
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Europe,Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA002EJ6ES7B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Thousands of people danced and blew whistles in time to club music on the streets of central London on Sunday (June 27), part of a protest against coronavirus restrictions that have pummelled the entertainment industry with nightclubs especially hard hit.
The carnival atmosphere was such that no one applied the social-distancing guidelines aimed at curbing an increase in COVID-19 infections, driven by the more contagious Delta variant of the virus.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to remove the remaining restrictions on July 19 after being forced to postpone a reopening this month. But Save Our Scene, a campaign group for the music and hospitality sectors that organised the protest, says lockdown curbs should end immediately claiming some 50% of nighttime businesses were likely to collapse.
To thumping beats played by DJs on mobile sound systems, people marched and danced through central London to parliament.
"It's all about celebrating the music," one DJ shouted to the crowd, praising the policing of the protest.
The entertainment industry has been badly hit by restrictions which limit numbers at indoor events. The government says it is trying to get the night-time economy back to work and has staged trials to see how more venues can be reopened safely by using testing and other measures.
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