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COVID PASSPORTS: Another blow to the nightclub industry

 

The government has announced that people attending nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather in England will need to be fully vaccinated from the end of September.

 

Boris Johnson announced this on the day nightclubs reopened after 16 months of closure. Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association has called this “an absolute shambles.”

Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association released a statement following on from the Prime Minister's announcement, he said:

"80% of nightclubs have said they do not want to implement covid passports, worrying about difficulties with enforcing the system and a reduction in spontaneous consumers, as well as being put at a competitive disadvantage with pubs and bars that aren't subject to the same restrictions and yet provide similar environments."

We spoke with Michael Kill on the 9th of July and when asked if he'd seen any success from his lobbying to the government this is what he had to say.

Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said nightclubs could be "potential super spreading events" because of the crowds. However this is another blow for the nightclub industry and it's not the only challenge it's currently facing.

When questioned if there would be a vaccination requirement for pubs, The Prime Minister said he "certainly didn't want to see" them, but that the government "reserved the right to do what's necessary to protect the public".

 


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