Sheffield's 'best' nightclub set to reopen in time for freshers week

An award winning Sheffield nightclub has announced plans to reopen in time for freshers week, but things will be very different.

Monday, 7th September 2020, 1:50 pm

CODE, on Eyre Street in the city centre, is due to welcome back clubbers for the first time since March on Saturday, September 19, with further events are planned for the following Monday, Tuesday and Thursday night.

But the coronavirus pandemic means there will be no return to the sweaty dancefloor for now, with the nightclub operating as an all-seated venue, with table service only.

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A DJ produces disco music (Photo Paula Bronstein/ Getty Images)

Nightclubs are still banned from opening, under government regulations to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but it is understood that CODE can reopen since it is effectively operating as a bar.

Announcing the new events, CODE said: “It’s been almost six months since we last opened the doors here at CODE, but finally we’re now at a point where we can welcome back our incredible customers from September!

“Things have changed for the short-term – to adhere to social distancing guidelines, it’ll be all seated but we’re working hard to bring new experiences to the amazing students of Sheffield.

CODE nightclub on Eyre Street in Sheffield city centre (pic: Google)

“We’re also keen to make sure that we retain some of the old – with Wonderland 90p Party’s returning and of course, all drinks being 90p all night on a Tuesday.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout this abnormal times, we can’t wait to see your faces again.”

Tickets are now on sale, with prices for the opening night ranging from £11.50 for a two-person table to £41.50 for a table seating eight people.

CODE, which was again named the best club in Sheffield at the Exposed Awards 2019, declined to give more details when approached by the Star about what social distancing measures would be in place.

Its Facebook pages states that capacity will be limited to adhere to government guidelines, but it does not reveal the maximum number of guests that will be allowed.

The Star has asked Sheffield Council what steps will be taken to ensure social distancing is observed at CODE and any other nightclubs reopening in the city, especially amid concerns the new university year could lead to a spike in coronavirus cases.