One of the top nostalgic nightclubs on Birmingham’s Broad Street is reopening its doors to pop music lovers this Friday.
On September 11, Popworld, a late-night venue famous for playing the ultimate cheesy hits from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, will re-open.
But the club will initially keep its dancefloor closed because of government Covid-19 guidance.
The re-opening comes as Birmingham’s coronavirus rate soars, with over 60 cases per 100,000 people in the city now, and a rate of over 40 in nearby Solihull.
But there will be more tables available where customers can enjoy cocktails and other drinks while going back in time as they listen to the biggest pop hits.
The venue at 55 Broad Street in the Westside entertainment district has been closed for almost five months because of the pandemic lockdown.
It has now made several important changes to make sure it keeps staff and visitors safe. These include:
- Altered opening times and days which will initially be from 9pm to 3am on Friday and Saturday nights.
- Careful ‘track and trace’ procedures on entry, with reduced capacity numbers.
- The temporary closure of the dance floor to make more space for tables and booths, all safely spaced 2m apart.
- Full table service with drinks delivered by staff, so no more waiting at the bar.
- Music at a conversational volume so people can enjoy socialising in their groups.
- Enhanced cleaning services, with sanitising stations installed throughout the venue.
- Designated roles for all staff, with a full complement of risk assessments.
Matthew Symes, general manager of Popworld, said: “We’re looking forward to opening the doors and welcoming back all the Popworld faithfu.
“Things may be different, but we hope to deliver a great night out with all the usual Popworld fun, while, in the process, keeping both staff and customers COVID safe.”
Mike Olley, general manager of Westside BID, said: “We are delighted that Popworld is reopening its doors as the district continues to return to a new kind of normality.
“Popworld has, of course, made sure it’s made all the necessary changes to ensure both staff and customers can enjoy their experience safely.
“We’re really pleased to see that our members are adapting and shaping their businesses to meet the current climate we are facing.”