The nightclub and entertainment industry has expressed relief after the Government confirmed they no longer plan to impose vaccine passports on nightclubs in England from the end of September.
Had the scheme gone ahead, members of the public would have been required to show proof that they had received two doses of the vaccine in order to enter clubs and other crowded events.
Despite the move in England, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is still planning to introduce vaccine passports from 1st October – a move that will affect nightclubs and adult entertainment venues, unseated indoor live events, unseated outdoor live events and any event which has more than 10,000 people, as well as sporting events.
The UK Government has announced that they would keep this measure in reserve as a potential option for future.
The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) said the plans could have crippled the industry and might have seen nightclubs face discrimination cases. NTIA CEO Michael Kill said: “Following an intense political and public campaign by the NTIA, its members and wider industry supporters, we welcome the comments from the health secretary this morning regarding the government’s decision to scrap the planned mandate of Covid passports from the end of September.
“We hope that businesses will now be able to plan for the future with some degree of certainty, regain confidence from customers and the workforce and start to rebuild a sector that has consistently been at the sharp end of this pandemic.”