The government’s plan to make Covid-19 vaccines compulsory for nightclubs and other crowded venues in England from the end of September has been branded an “absolute shambles”.
“…We’re planning to make full vaccination the condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues… Proof of a negative test will no longer be enough.”
The government’s ultimate goal was just cleared up every “conspiracy theorist” as Boris Johnson vindicated the implementation of vaccine passports.
The announcement came on the day nightclubs in England were allowed to reopen after 16 months of closure.
The U.K.’s Prime Minister spoke of his plan to make vaccine passports mandatory for entry. He went so far as to say that proof of a negative test will not suffice but made no mention regarding natural immunity,
“I don’t want to have to close night clubs again as they have elsewhere, but it does mean night clubs have to do the socially responsible thing and make use of the NHS Covid (unintelligible) which shows proof of vaccination, a recent negative test, or natural immunity as a means of entry.”
“As we said last week, we do reserve the right to mandate cerification at any point if its’s necessary to reduce transmission, and I should serve notice now, that by the end of September when all over-eighteens will have had their chance to be double jabbed, we’re planning to make full vaccination the condition of entry to night clubs and other venues where large crowds gather. Proof of a negative test will no longer be enough.”
Peter Marks, chief executive of REKOM UK, Britain’s largest specialist late-night bar operator, was among those in the nightclub industry who reacted with anger to Monday’s announcement.
He believes the new vaccine passport policy is being unfairly applied to clubs, which he says are just as Covid secure as restaurants, that are not subject to the rules.
Mr. Marks described the announcement as a “bolt out of the blue”, warning that the move could be disastrous for the already beleaguered nighttime sector if vaccine take-up doesn’t improve over the coming weeks.
People are not happy with today’s announcement. Here is a minuscule sampling of the anger U.K. residents are directing at Mr. Johnson’s announcement, made on England’s Freedom Day no less:
Yep… vaccine passports mandatory from September for night clubs and large events… with no denial from Boris when asked if this will be extended to pubs and other institutions… medical apartheid and national id, registration and tracking here we come…
— Uk_sportsdoc (@sportsdoc_uk1) July 19, 2021
Soo vaccine passports are now going to be a thing? I thought that was never the plan @BorisJohnson ? Taking the vaccine should be a persons choice not forced upon them.
— LM (@LM_JFAI) July 19, 2021
On “Freedom Day” @BorisJohnson announces vaccine passports will be needed for entry to nightclubs and events. If he gets away with this of course restaurants, shops, gyms etc. will be next. It’s Macrons plan through the backdoor. #NoVaccinePassports
— Bw (@bwaterton) July 19, 2021
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