Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, said on Monday that all english nightclubs and other establishments with large audiences will require customers to present proof of vaccination complete from the end of September.
The partygoers gathered on Monday for the first unrestricted live music events since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The government has reopened nightclubs and has withdrawn almost all measures against the coronavirus in England, betting that mass vaccination will prevent another lethal wave of Covid-19.
But hours later, Johnson announced that people who are not fully vaccinated, including those who have not received both doses, would be barred from nightclubs.
The decision comes after major outbreaks related to nightclubs in other countries, such as the Netherlands and Israel, where authorities have been forced to close them again.
“I can now warn that, by the end of September, when everyone over 18 has a chance to receive both doses, we are planning to make full vaccination a condition for entering nightclubs and other establishments with large public meetings” , Johnson said at a news conference.
“Proof of a negative test will no longer be enough.”
Kate Nicholls, chief executive of the UKHospitality trade association, said the ad was a “hard blow” for a struggling industry. She said the decision poses the risk of creating points of conflict between employees and customers.
“Just last week the government asked us to work with them on a voluntary basis, so this new policy is devastating,” he said.
The UK’s top scientific adviser Patrick Vallance said nightclubs and other indoor venues could be “potentially overspreading events” because of close contact among the crowd.
“I predict that with the opening of nightclubs, we will continue to see an increase in cases, and we will also see outbreaks related to specific nightclubs,” he said.
Johnson said the government does not plan a similar requirement for pubs. “I certainly don’t want to see (vaccination) passports for pubs,” he said.
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