Some club nights in England have already made NHS covid passes a condition of entry. NHS Covid passes allow users to demonstrate proof of their vaccination, negative test or immunity status.
They are available through England’s NHS app, which is separate from the NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales. According to the BBC News website:
“..guests will be required to present a valid NHS Covid pass as a condition of entry to the Ultimate Power club nights on Friday evenings – hosted at several third-party venues such as the O2 Ritz in Manchester and Electric Ballroom in Camden.
“For our initial London and Manchester events, we are requesting Covid Passes at point of entry to our clubs,” Ultimate Power – a third-party organisation which puts on club nights at venues across the UK – said on the event’s website.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has previously said that from September, proof of vaccination would be required to enter a nightclub and other large venues where crowds gather. Proof of a negative test will not be good enough. You will have to be jabbed to get in.
The Liberal Democrats have called for the passports to be scrapped. The Daily Mail is reporting that as many as 50 Conservative MP’s are likely to vote against the measure when parliament eventually gets to vote on it.
It’s hugely disappointing that businesses have already begun to ask patrons to see their vaccination status. I understand that the last 18 months have been hell for hospitality and that getting money in the tills is vital, but this is dreadful.
My nightclub going days are long gone, but my favourite thing to do is to attend a gig with my better half and our friends, have a bottle of wine and sing and dance the night away.
It seems those days are gone too.
Updated at 12:10pm courtesy of the BBC:
A leading club night organiser has dropped a requirement for customers to show an NHS Covid pass on the door.
Ultimate Power initially told people they needed an NHS Covid pass to prove their vaccination, test or immunity status at venues.
It had said that, for its “initial London and Manchester events, we are requesting Covid passes at point of entry to our clubs”.
The passes are on England’s NHS app, which is separate from the NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales.
But after the BBC reported the entry requirement on Thursday night, Ultimate Power – a third-party which organises club nights at venues including the O2 Ritz in Manchester and London’s Electric Ballroom – amended its website