Dancing returns to nightclubs as restrictions ease in British Columbia – in pictures

After nearly two years of a ban, dancing in BC nightclubs is allowed again, and Friday night saw a joyful return to nightclubs and dance studios as health restrictions public COVID-19 have been lifted.

Public health officials announced Feb. 16 that capacity restrictions would be lifted, meaning nightclubs and dance studios could reopen and dancing with strangers would be allowed.

The announcement came as a relief to anyone working in the nightlife industry, according to Daphne Doll, an exotic dancer who performed Friday night at Vancouver’s Penthouse Night Club.

“I kind of think there might be a resurgence in nightlife because people have felt lonely and bored for so long,” she told CBC News.

“I can kind of anticipate there’s going to be a bit like a boom…whether it lasts or not, I’m not sure.”

Dancer Daphne Doll prepares for work in the Penthouse Night Club locker room during the club’s first weekend reopening in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Friday. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Maria Beletsky and Joshua Pablo dance a waltz during the UBC Dance Club social night at the University of British Columbia. In addition to nightclubs, dance studios have also reopened since public health guidelines were relaxed. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

People are pictured dancing during a Latin music event at Mangos Kitchen Bar in Vancouver. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

On Friday, groups of people line up outside the Celebrity Night Club in Vancouver. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

A sign is pictured behind the Fox Cabaret bar. It reads, ‘After two long years, it’s time to dance!!’ (Ben Nelms/CBC)

People order drinks at the bar as patrons dance at Calabash Bistro in Vancouver on Friday. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Dozens of people are pictured dancing during a Latin music event at Mangos Kitchen Bar in Vancouver. Public health restrictions were lifted at the weekend, allowing nightclubs and dance studios to reopen and dancing with strangers allowed again. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Dancing in public and mingling with people are allowed again in British Columbia (Ben Nelms/CBC)

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