The Government’s plans for proof of vaccination requirements for nightclubs and other venues are an “absolute shambles”, a leading industry body has said.
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi announced proof of full vaccination will be required as a condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues from the autumn.
Mr Zahawi said a negative Covid-19 test would soon “no longer be sufficient” proof that a person was Covid-safe, adding by the end of September everyone aged 18 and over will have had the opportunity to be jabbed.
Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance warned nightclubs could be “potential super spreading events”.
Michael Kill, chief executive officer of the Night Time Industries Association accused the Government of “another chaotic U-turn”. “So, ‘freedom day’ for nightclubs lasted around 17 hours then,” he said, noting the announcement came on the day nightclubs across England reopened.
“The announcement from the Prime Minister that Covid passports will be made mandatory for nightclubs in September comes after his Health Secretary said only one week ago that they would not be compulsory. What an absolute shambles. “Leaving aside the fact that this is yet another chaotic U-turn that will leave nightclubs who have been planning for reopening for months will now have to make more changes to the way they operate – this is still a bad idea.