Hull Swingers' Festival Will Go Ahead With 'Social Distancing Measures'
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The organisers of a swingers festival in Hull have promised that this year's event will still take place, regardless of coronavirus, and with social distancing measures in place for the safety of attendees.
Now, most of us won't be experts on the swinging world, but it does seem like it'd be a fair challenge to enforce social distancing at one of these events.
The event in question takes place at a club called HU9 and is inventively titled 'Swing Fest'. It involves a stage show, lighting, DJs and tribute acts, as well as an 'adult bouncy castle'.
Regardless of whether you're getting up to anything 'adult', it sounds like it must be a nightmare to try to socially distance on a bouncy castle.
According to Hull Live, the event is for swingers only and has been advertised on swinger-specific websites.
HU9 is a private members club for the rest of the time, so it might be quite hard to get in, in case you're interested.
One such advert reads: "We have a great mix of swingers coming from all round the country to our festival."
Attendees will be able to enjoy a 'very discrete and fun, safe environment' in which adults can 'take swinging to the next level'.
There has been a fair amount of opposition to the August 30 event, but not for the reasons you might think.
Complaints have been made suggesting that the event would be 'irresponsible' to go ahead.
Rob Smith, who owns the venue, said: "We are a private member's club and not a sex club.
"We have put measures in place to adhere to government guidelines are working closely with the council to ensure it is a safe environment.
"We've closed off our play area and we don't have a full alcohol licence yet.
"Tickets will only be sold from an online ticket site where full refunds can be given.
"We're not letting anyone else pay at the door for track and trace purposes.
"Stewards will ensure social distancing will be put in place. Only 50 people will be allowed inside the venue at any one time."
Smith went on to explain that marquees had been erected for outdoor seating and social distancing purposes.
He went on to say that swingers' clubs should be allowed to open, simply because they operate on a similar level to pubs, and can observe safety guidelines.
You have to admit, he's got a point.
Smith added: "Why can't we do the same? That is not fair. Just because we're swinging - it's a life choice - not everyone likes it but it's a life choice
"Why aren't we allowed to watch music and socialise? There's a slight bit of discrimination here.
"If you're a swinger you can't go out and drink. There's thousands of swingers amongst society that people don't know are swinging.
"It [Swing Fest] is aimed at music and socialising.
"Swinging isn't just about sex. It's about socialising with like-minded people."
Let the people swing? Well, the council may have other ideas.
A spokesperson for Hull City Council said: "The owner of the venue has been advised by Environmental Health of the current Covid-19 restrictions imposed on gatherings and activities.
"The authority has been made aware by the venue of an event that is being planned end of August involving members of public.
"We have had initial discussions with the operator.
"Once further detailed information is received, like all events, it will consider this further in relation to the proposed event being compliant with current restrictions imposed by Covid-19 and advice on any public safety issues."