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Business / Dancing shoes at the ready as nightclub prepares to reopen after many months

REVELLERS in Shetland will get the chance to enjoy a nightclub tonight (Friday) for the first time since coronavirus restrictions were imposed last year.

Da Wheel, on Lerwick’s Commercial Road, will turn into a nightclub from 9pm tonight (Friday) following the easing of restrictions earlier this week.

The nightclub sector has been one of the hardest hit during the pandemic, with clubs only able to reopen from Monday as part of the level beyond level zero.

Da Wheel had been open as a pub but the news of the nightclub part of the business reopening at weekends, which has a 3am closing time, will be music to the ears of local revellers.

Guidance around face coverings in nightclubs was initially fraught with confusion, but the Scottish Government later confirmed that masks do not need to be worn when dancing or drinking.

They are still required, however, when moving about the premises.

Meanwhile at the other end of the street a popular local musician will perform live in Shetland for the first time in around 17 months tonight.

Arthur Nicholson will play at the Lounge from around 10pm onwards.

“I’m absolutely delighted to get to play music in front of a live audience,” he said. “It’s long overdue, and long let it continue.”