Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the requirement to be fully vaccinated to enter nightclubs will be in place by the end of September.
At a press conference Monday, July 19, the Prime Minister said that 35% of 18-30 year olds – or three million people – are currently completely unvaccinated, but that “some of the most important pleasures and opportunities of life are likely to be increasingly dependent on vaccination.
He said: ‘I don’t want to have to shut down nightclubs again like they have done elsewhere, but that means nightclubs have to do the socially responsible thing and use the NHS Covid pass.
“I have to mean now that by the end of September, when everyone over 18 has had a chance to receive a double hit, we plan to make full vaccination the condition of entry to nightclubs and the like. places where large crowds congregate. “
UK Chief Science Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance explained that nightclubs could be “potential super-spread events”.
He said at the press conference: “All over the world we have seen that nightclubs and places where there are a lot of people inside, crowded together, are at the center of potential large events. broadcast, and that was also seen in in terms of what happened in Holland and Israel where the nightclubs opened, and you saw a big increase in cases.
“So I think it’s… there’s no question it’s an environment where the spread is easier, you have a lot of people pretty close to each other, you have the environment where the spread becomes. easier.
“And I would expect that with the opening of nightclubs, we will continue to see an increase in cases and we will also see outbreaks linked to specific nightclubs.
“And that is, again, why it is so important that everyone come in for the vaccine, so that we can reduce the risk of spread, and we can reduce the risk of consequences from that spread.”
“What an absolute mess”
The Prime Minister’s announcement regarding proof of vaccination for entry into crowded indoor locations, including nightclubs, prompted an industry reaction.
Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), called the government’s plans “an absolute mess.”
The boss of the trade body said: “So the ‘freedom day’ for nightclubs lasted around 17 hours at the time.” The Prime Minister’s announcement that Covid passports will be made compulsory for nightclubs in September comes after its health secretary said just a week ago that they would not be mandatory. What an absolute mess.
“Leaving aside the fact that this is another chaotic U-turn that will leave clubs that have been planning to reopen for months, they will now have to make more changes to the way they operate – c is always a bad idea. “
A statement from the Music Venue Trust, which represents popular concert halls, responded to the announcement that full vaccination will be a requirement for entry to high-traffic venues from September.
The statement said, “The government must come up with a workable, usable and accurate certification process that is widely used in society and accepted as normal and necessary by the public.
“Identify nightclubs, concert halls or any other cultural activity, because the spaces necessary for the implementation of such a policy will not function without the necessary tools and without addressing the obvious point that most venues popular concert have lower capacities and total. participants per day than pubs.
“We note that the objective is to ‘boost vaccination in young people’. The objective of certification should be public safety.
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This notice was published: 2021-07-19 16:23:53