New Regulations for Night Clubs and Late Night Venues

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Press Release

Published on 17 December 2021
Archived on 17 January 2022

Regulatory Partners across Warwickshire, supported by Warwickshire Police are working together to provide advice to operators who are looking to hold late night events over the festive and New Year period.

The regulations which came into force on Wednesday 15th December means that any operator who is holding an event including:

  • nightclubs, dancehalls and discotheques
  • other late night dance venues, where all of the following apply:
    • the venue is open between 1am and 5am
    • it serves alcohol after 1am
    • it has a dancefloor (or space for dancing)
    • it provides music, whether live or recorded, for dancing
  • indoor events with 500 or more attendees, where those attendees are likely to stand or move around for all or part of the event, such as music venues with standing audiences or large receptions
  • outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees, where those attendees are likely to stand or move around for all or part of the event, such as outdoor festivals
  • events with 10,000 or more attendees, whether indoor or outdoor, such as large sports and music events; must ensure that everyone attending the venue has a Covid Pass, or evidence of a negative lateral flow test which is has been taken within the previous 24 hour period.

The regulations that relate to late night venues does not include a minimum number of attendees. Regulatory Authorities are keen to work with operators to make sure that comply with the regulations, which includes a method for recording Covid Passes. However if breaches are identified they will be considered under the Licensing Act 2003, which could result in a formal review of the Licence.

Operators are also being asked to encourage all staff engaged in the venue to have a daily LFT, wear a face covering in any public facing parts of the venue, continue to have hygiene facilities at entrances and exits and to maximise natural ventilation.

A spokesperson for the Regulatory Partners stated: "We want all of our late night venues to be a place where people can celebrate the festive season safely. We will continue to provide the best advice to all of our event organisers to keep their staff and customers safe."

Further Government guidance can be found at

Contact details

Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire,
CV37 6HX
Tel: 01789 267575

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Last updated on 17/12/2021