LARGE scale events and nightclubs have been forced to cancel or postpone reopening due to the delayed lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.

After Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement yesterday that confirmed the lifting of social distancing restrictions would be delayed until July 19, this has affected planned events in Brighton.

The delay has come after the potential death rate rose due to the new delta variant of Covid-19, leading to the PM to delay from the original date of June 21.

Nightclubs and large events like festivals have not been able to run normally since the start of the pandemic last year.

The open-air festival, Life in the Park, is one of the events that has been postponed. There were planned shows on June 26 and 27 in Brighton's Waterhall as well as in July. DJs Jamie Jones, Denis Sulta and Maceo Plex were just some of the performers scheduled.

A Facebook post stated: "In light of yesterday's government announcement, we can confirm that LiFE in the Park will not be going ahead on the original dates intended.

"We can confirm some good news, however, that discussions are at advanced stages for the rescheduling of events in the series, and all at the very earliest convenience following the final unlock date of July 19.

"The show must go on."

There will be full announcements from the event on those shows affected, and all purchased tickets will be refunded or transferred to the new dates.

The Argus: Pryzm nightclub in West Street, BrightonPryzm nightclub in West Street, Brighton

Pryzm in West Sreet, Brighton, has also had to delay its reopening. The venue on a Facebook post said: "It's not the news we wanted; however, we are staying positive and hope to be back very soon.

"In the meantime, we will continue to open with our Pub in a Club sessions until we can return to the dancefloor properly."

The venue will be contacting everyone who has tickets between June 21 and July 18 over the next 48 hours.

Club Revenge in Old Steine, Brighton was planning on an opening on June 21 but instead will also be postponing its reopening until the new date of July 19.

A spokesperson said: "We're absolutely gutted we can't show some of the incredible changes we've made to the venue.

"Luckily, we have an exciting line-up of events to announce for reopening week."

A team member at Club Revenge will contact those who had booked a VIP booth between June 21 and July 18, so people can reschedule.