Empire Night Club in Middlesbrough has opened it’s doors in Middlesbrough letting students and locals in for one last night of enjoyment.
Boris Johnson announced UK Pubs, Bars, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, nightclubs, gyms and leisure centres have been told to close immediately to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Mr Johnson also pleaded with people not to go out socialising and not to think they are “invincible”.
“These are places where people come together…but the sad thing is that for now, at least physically, we need to keep people apart,” he said.
“Some people may be tempted to go out tonight and I’m saying please don’t. You may think that you’re invincible…but you can still be a carrier of the disease and pass it on to others.
“That’s how we can protect our NHS and save lives.”
Despite opening their doors at 11pm after Boris Johnson’s announcement saying“we are telling – telling – cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants to close tonight, as soon as they reasonably can, and not open tomorrow”
The Middlesbrough Empire is hosting an event called Fang which was opened it’s doors at 11pm.
The event is described as Fang Fridays at Empire, Two huge floors of pure alt party bangers with a new extra special drinks menu thrown into the mix. with an advertised time of 11pm till Dead Late.
One person entering the bar was worried about the advice and asked the venue if they had to close at midnight which the venue bouncers responded no they planned to say open as it was one last chance to have a party.
A member of staff who is working at the venue Peter Hope said “It is my understanding that pubs in London and the rest of the UK will close tonight as soon as they reasonably can”
“The empire already had this regular event planned and are making this the last until the government say otherwise.”
Margaret Scaife said “If it’s a regular event then why didn’t they just cancel it like all the other events that were gonna take place? irresponsible owners should get a hefty fine for putting people’s lives at risk, especially if it’s affected their insurance.”
Vicky Tyzack said “Jesus Christ do people actually want to catch this and pass it on to the vulnerable there is vulnerable in every family. I know i’d be heartbroken if any of my family and friends died, why isn’t everyone else”.