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UK government will proceed with vaccine passports for nightclubs

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The UK government has announced that they plan to push forward with plans to make vaccine passports mandatory in order to grant access to nightclubs in England. 

The scheme was rolled out in July but industry leaders were sceptical about the impact it was having, thus it remained unclear whether it would remain permanently in place. 

Since then, however, it has been revealed that the plan will remain in place for the foreseeable in order to prevent Covid-19 outbreaks at large gatherings. 

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister announced: “We set out broadly our intention to require our vaccination for nightclubs and some other settings and we’ll be coming forward in the coming weeks with details for that.”

This news was met by a counter statement from the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) who said it was “disappointing as it will cripple the industry.”

NTIA CEO Michael Kill said: “Surely the government can see this is not workable. The challenges are endless, and the sector will be hit extremely hard by this decision, embroiled in discrimination cases, staffing and supply chain shortages, tourism and so on.

“We are trying to rebuild! The government’s attempt to differentiate between businesses within our sector is extremely difficult, even for people who live and breathe this industry. Whether it be market segmentation or capacity limits, it’s not a workable position, there are too many variables and the businesses are too diverse, it cannot be easily categorised.”

Opposing political parties have also criticised the plan as unworkable, however, the message the government claim to be disseminating remains unnuanced but clear: get vaccinated.