The government have confirmed that they are to go ahead and introduce vaccine passports in England from the end of September.
Members of the public will be forced to show proof they have had a vaccine to be allowed entry into events and other venues such as nightclubs.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said, “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.”
However the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has warned that this “will cripple the industry.”
Michael Kill CEO NTIA said, “Confirmation that the Government will continue to press on with the Covid Passport strategy for nightclubs and indoor gatherings, even against a furious backlash from MP’s across the House of Commons and Industry leaders is disappointing as it will cripple the industry.”
“The coverage was met with anger and frustration from Operators across the country, with many asking why we are looking at this again after it was thrown out earlier in the campaign. 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.”
“The Government needs to listen to real operators who can give them real feedback on these challenges, these policy decisions will have a catastrophic impact on people’s livelihoods and careers.”