The Piano Works Club in Farringdon, London, Friday July 16, 2021 ahead of the nightclubs reopening as part of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Thousands of young people plan to dance the night away at Freedom Day parties when the clock strikes midnight on Monday, when almost all coronavirus restrictions in England are to be lifted. Night clubs can open fully and do not need to use a vaccination certificate.



Staff at The Piano Works club in Farringdon, London, on Friday July 16, 2021, are preparing to reopen as part of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Thousands of young people plan to dance the night away at Freedom Day parties when the clock strikes midnight on Monday, when almost all coronavirus restrictions in England are to be lifted. Night clubs can open fully and do not need to use a vaccination certificate.



Nightclubs thrilled, but doubts cloud England's Freedom Day

A staff member will take their temperature at The Piano Works Club in Farringdon, London, on Friday, July 16, 2021 in preparation for the reopening as part of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Thousands of young people plan to dance the night away at Freedom Day parties when the clock strikes midnight on Monday, when almost all coronavirus restrictions in England are to be lifted. Night clubs can open fully and do not need to use a vaccination certificate.



Nightclubs thrilled, but doubts cloud England's Freedom Day

Staff at The Piano Works club in Farringdon, London, on Friday July 16, 2021, are preparing to reopen as part of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Thousands of young people plan to dance the night away at Freedom Day parties when the clock strikes midnight on Monday, when almost all coronavirus restrictions in England are to be lifted. Night clubs can open fully and do not need to use a vaccination certificate.



Nightclubs thrilled, but doubts cloud England's Freedom Day

A staff member at The Piano Works Club in Farringdon, London is preparing to reopen on Friday, July 16, 2021 as part of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Thousands of young people plan to dance the night away at Freedom Day parties when the clock strikes midnight on Monday, when almost all coronavirus restrictions in England are to be lifted. Night clubs can open fully and do not need to use a vaccination certificate.



Nightclubs thrilled, but doubts cloud England's Freedom Day

A staff member at The Piano Works Club in Farringdon, London is preparing to reopen on Friday, July 16, 2021 as part of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Thousands of young people plan to dance the night away at Freedom Day parties when the clock strikes midnight on Monday, when almost all coronavirus restrictions in England are to be lifted. Night clubs can open fully and do not need to use a vaccination certificate.



Nightclubs thrilled, but doubts cloud England's Freedom Day

A staff member at The Piano Works Club in Farringdon, London is preparing to reopen on Friday, July 16, 2021 as part of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Thousands of young people plan to dance the night away at Freedom Day parties when the clock strikes midnight on Monday, when almost all coronavirus restrictions in England are to be lifted. Night clubs can open fully and do not need to use a vaccination certificate.



Nightclubs thrilled, but doubts cloud England's Freedom Day

A staff member at The Piano Works Club in Farringdon, London is preparing to reopen on Friday, July 16, 2021 as part of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Thousands of young people plan to dance the night away at Freedom Day parties when the clock strikes midnight on Monday, when almost all coronavirus restrictions in England are to be lifted. Night clubs can open fully and do not need to use a vaccination certificate.



Nightclubs thrilled, but doubts cloud England's Freedom Day

A pianist rehearses at The Piano Works Club in Farringdon, London, on Friday, July 16, 2021, ahead of its reopening as part of easing COVID-19 restrictions. Thousands of young people plan to dance the night away at Freedom Day parties when the clock strikes midnight on Monday, when almost all coronavirus restrictions in England are to be lifted. Night clubs can open fully and do not need to use a vaccination certificate.



Nightclubs thrilled, but doubts cloud England's Freedom Day

The Piano Works Club in Farringdon, London, Friday July 16, 2021, ahead of its reopening as part of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Thousands of young people plan to dance the night away at Freedom Day parties when the clock strikes midnight on Monday, when almost all coronavirus restrictions in England are to be lifted. Night clubs can open fully and do not need to use a vaccination certificate.



Nightclubs thrilled, but doubts cloud England's Freedom Day

The Piano Works Club in Farringdon, London, Friday July 16, 2021, ahead of its reopening as part of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Thousands of young people plan to dance the night away at Freedom Day parties when the clock strikes midnight on Monday, when almost all coronavirus restrictions in England are to be lifted. Night clubs can open fully and do not need to use a vaccination certificate.



Nightclubs thrilled, but doubts cloud England's Freedom Day

A sign reading “Hand Sanitizer Station” at the Piano Works Club in Farringdon, London, Friday July 16, 2021, ahead of the reopening as part of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Thousands of young people plan to dance the night away at Freedom Day parties when the clock strikes midnight on Monday, when almost all coronavirus restrictions in England are to be lifted. Night clubs can open fully and do not need to use a vaccination certificate.



Nightclubs thrilled, but doubts cloud England's Freedom Day

A thermal scanner on the bar at The Piano Works Club in Farringdon, London, Friday July 16, 2021, ahead of its reopening as part of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Thousands of young people plan to dance the night away at Freedom Day parties when the clock strikes midnight on Monday, when almost all coronavirus restrictions in England are to be lifted. Night clubs can open fully and do not need to use a vaccination certificate.



Nightclubs thrilled, but doubts cloud England's Freedom Day

A staff member at The Piano Works Club in Farringdon, London is preparing to reopen on Friday, July 16, 2021 as part of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Thousands of young people plan to dance the night away at Freedom Day parties when the clock strikes midnight on Monday, when almost all coronavirus restrictions in England are to be lifted. Night clubs can open fully and do not need to use a vaccination certificate.

By SYLVIA HUI and UROOBA JAMAL Associated Press

LONDON (AP) – Sparkling wine, confetti, a midnight countdown: it’s not New Years Eve, but it might as well be for England’s clubbers. After 17 months of empty dance floors, the country’s nightclubs are reopening with a bang.

As of Monday, face masks will no longer be required by law, and with the repealed rules on social distancing, there are no longer any restrictions for visitors to theatrical performances or major events.

Public health officials fear the celebrations could trigger a big hangover as more social mixing drives up coronavirus infection rates, which are already soaring in the UK.

From London to Liverpool, thousands of young people plan to dance the night away at Freedom Day parties after midnight on Sunday, when almost all coronavirus restrictions in England are to be lifted. Night clubs that have been closed since March 2020 are finally allowed to reopen.

London nightclub The Piano Works plans to open its Freedom Day bash Sunday with a countdown to midnight when staff plan to cut a band on the dance floor and serve customers free prosecco.

“I think it will be the most magical moment when people who haven’t been able to dance and sing and just be normal all fall to the ground at midnight and come back to what we love,” said Daisy Robb, the club’s sales manager.