Government plans to pursue vaccine passports for nightclubs criticized by Sacha Lord

The government’s decision to go ahead with plans to introduce vaccine passports for nightclubs has been criticized by Greater Manchester‘s nightlife economics adviser Sacha Lord.

When the program goes into effect at the end of September, members of the public will be required to show proof of their immunization status in order to access national venues and events.

In a statement released after the government’s decision was announced, Lord said it was “disappointing” and “there remain countless unanswered questions regarding the implementation and legality of passports, and their discriminatory nature against those who are not eligible for medical reasons, or who choose not to be vaccinated ”.

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He also added that the measures “would cause enormous disruption in an already struggling industry.”

However, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “We have outlined our intention to require our vaccination for nightclubs and certain other parameters and will communicate in the coming weeks with details of this. topic.”

Mr Lord’s statement said: “Last night Downing Street confirmed its intention to continue its plans to introduce vaccine passports for nightclubs from the end of September.

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“It is disappointing that despite calls from all quarters, including industry and customers themselves, the government continues to move forward.

“While I strongly urge everyone to get vaccinated, there remain countless unanswered questions regarding the implementation and legality of passports, and their discriminatory nature against those who are not medically eligible, or who choose not to be vaccinated.

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“The measures will greatly disrupt an already struggling industry. This will not only encourage an increase in home parties, arguably less safe in terms of safety and monitoring of alcohol consumption, but current guidelines are extremely open as to which operators to be required to carry out checks.

“Why should an open-plan nightclub with an outdoor patio, for example, be classified as less secure than a closed office of 1,000, and where the current wording says ‘large gatherings’, does that include weddings? , churches or even Parliament?

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“We have already taken reasonable and safe precautions in the hospitality industry, and with the nightclubs already open, we have proof that the current setup is working safely and efficiently.

“I strongly urge the government to rethink this plan or the economy will face another blow at the end of the month.”

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