Covid19 | Nightclubs | Proof of Vaccination to become a mandatory condition of entry.
In a statement to the House of Commons, on the day marking the lifting of Covid restrictions in England, the Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi has announced that the Government plans to make it a mandatory requirement for people to be fully vaccinated in order to attend "large crowded settings" (as yet undefined but specifically including nightclubs) from the end of September. By this time all over-18s should have had the chance to receive both vaccine doses and develop immunity. At this time two thirds, of the adult population have received two doses of the vaccine
Proof of a negative test will no longer will be sufficient.
Such plans will be subject to Parliamentary scrutiny and will include appropriate exemptions for those who have ‘genuine medical reasons’ for why they cannot accept the vaccine.
The difficulty in verifying the exemption while respecting a customers privacy will be of concern to the industry. The industry has already experienced issues with this in the context of facemasks.
The Minister said:
"So at that point we plan to make full vaccination a condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather, proof of a negative test will no longer be sufficient," he said.
"We will ensure the appropriate exemptions for those who have genuine medical reasons of why they can't get vaccinated and I'm clear we will always look at the evidence available and do all we can to ensure people can continue to do the things they love."
The Prime Minister has confirmed this proposed policy in his press conference this evening.
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