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Cinemas and nightclubs set to reject government’s COVID passports advice

It finally looks as though life, at least in England, is returning back to the pre-Coronavirus norm, with all restrictions on social distancing and capacity limits for cinemas as well as live shows to be removed on Monday, July 19th. 

Ahead of the official date, Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced on July 13 that he would be encouraging events organisers and nightclub owners to put their own plans in place, ensuring that anyone entering their venue has been vaccinated. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson added, “As a matter of social responsibility we’re urging nightclubs and other venues with large crowds to make use of the NHS COVID pass, which shows proof of vaccination, a recent negative test or natural immunity as a means of entry”. 

This, however, has been rejected by nightclub and cinema owners, with many reporting that they won’t be employing the scheme. As stated by Peter Marks, the Chief Executive of Rekom UK, who own over 40 nightclubs across the country, each of their venues will reopen from July 19th “at full capacity and without any requirement for a negative Covid test, something we believe would create a barrier to both customer enjoyment and getting the industry back on its feet”.

Along with nightclubs, cinema’s are also set to reject the idea, with Phil Clapp of the UK Cinema Association saying, “We believe that the overwhelming majority of our members continue to oppose the notion that audience members should be required to show evidence of a double Covid vaccination or negative test before being allowed into their venues”. 

According to reports from BBC News, documentation published following the announcement of the proposal at a Downing Street press conference revealed that the government “reserves the right” to force venues to operate a vaccine passport scheme by law.

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