Hull reacts as Spiders nightclub bails on Freedom weekend return

Party goers at Spiders have hit back at an announcement from the Hull nightclub regarding reopening.

The Cleveland Street spot which became one of the first in the UK to shut its doors as Covid swept across the country last year issued a stern message to customers.

Posting on Facebook, Spiders’ management said it would be “irresponsible” to re-open next week despite Boris Johnson announcing nightclubs would be free to open their doors for the first time in over a year.

Read more: Spiders nightclub issues update about Freedom Day reopening

Spiders took the decision to close its doors to customers back on March 4 when confirmed cases of the virus in the UK were still below 100 and more than two weeks before Boris Johnson announced a nationwide lockdown.



Popular club Spiders will not reopen on Freedom Weekend
Popular club Spiders will not reopen on Freedom Weekend

Speaking last year, Spiders’ owners Peter Tarbotton and Lynne Hanger said:“We received many negative responses for taking this decision but have now been proved justified for doing so.”

And the club’s latest decision on choosing not to reopen the nightclub following Freedom Day on July 19, has received a mixed reaction.

One individual said: “Respect for having the caring approach that you do, guys, and cannot wait for the safe return.”

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Another added: “Good on you, I can’t wait for the day you do, but right now you’re doing the right thing.”

While another individual disagreed and said: “How is it the right thing. You have been closed for 18 months and now you’re allowed.”

A customer commented: “Wow. I mean ya would have thought you would have wanted to get the business open and earning again.

“Jesus there will always be virus, disease and danger. That’s just life. Don’t fear it. Live it.”

The full statement readers: “The answer is NO! Spiders will not be opening on Saturday, July 24 2021.

“It would be irresponsible and uncaring to do so. Health considerations must come first. Not to mention being viable.

“As the old saying goes, softly, softly, catchy monkey. We will open the club again when it is scientifically agreed that the time is right to open safely.

“So we are sorry Simon, we are not playing this game. No matter what you say.”

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The nightclub’s announcement comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Monday that coronavirus restrictions will ease as planned on July 19 – dubbed Freedom Day.

While many social distancing measures will end, Mr Johnson urged nightclubs and bars to check whether their customers have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine before allowing them in.