COVID-19: PM faces backlash over ‘totalitarian’ decision to double-vaccine entry into nightclubs from September | UK news
The industry has condemned the government’s plan to force people to show full proof of vaccination to enter nightclubs and other “crowded places” from the end of September as “utter chaos”.
Vaccines Minister Nadim al-Zahawi explained that a negative coronavirus test was “no longer enough” to enter nightclubs.
But the announcement, which came 17 hours after the nightclubs opened for the first time since March 2020, was heavily criticized by the entertainment sector.
Michael Keel, CEO of the Night Industries Association, said: “The announcement from the Prime Minister that COVID passports will become mandatory for nightclubs in September comes after the Health Secretary said just a week ago that they would not be mandatory. What? An absolute mess.
“Regardless of the fact that this is another chaotic turn that will leave nightclubs that have been planning to reopen for months, they will now have to make more changes to the way they operate – still a bad idea.”
The whole industry was “surprised”, said Sacha Lord, a nighttime economics consultant for Greater Manchester.
It wouldn’t require ‘people to be punished or they wouldn’t have anyone,’ Peter Marks, chief executive of nightclub operator Rekom UK, told Sky News.
“Younger guests are 95% of our customers – they will not be fully vaccinated [by September]. We won’t ask for them, or we won’t have anyone.”
While UK music industry body LIVE said smaller music venues should be treated like bars and restaurants of similar size.
The government also announced on Monday evening that “very few” of “thecritical workersPeople in contact with a case of coronavirus infection will be exempted from self-isolation to go to work.
Speaking in practice at a Downing Street news briefing from Self-isolation in checkers, the Prime Minister confirmed that the exemption will apply to “essential workers who have been fully vaccinated” including workers in hospitals and care homes, workers in key transport roles and those involved in food production.
He added that they are only capable of this Leave their isolation period Only for business purposes, and if they test positive, they must quarantine for 10 days as usual.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Al-Zahawi added that members of the police would also be included.
The move, which the vaccines minister called a “logical and pragmatic approach”, comes as recent figures show that more than half a million people in England and Wales came under pressure from the application in the week ending July 7, which was an increase of nearly 50% compared to in the previous week.
But the prime minister said the NHS coronavirus application would not be regulated to reduce its sensitivity despite an increase in the number of people isolated.
“I’m afraid at this point it’s just the result of living with COVID and being open when cases are high the way we are now,” he said.
Elsewhere, the government has also revealed that it will adopt the JVCI’s recommendation that children “At increased risk of serious COVID-19 disease” should be given a coronavirus shot
This means that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be offered to children aged 12 to 15 years with severe neurological disabilities, Down syndrome, immunosuppression, and multiple or severe learning disabilities — which are approved for use in this age group by the Drug and Health Care Regulatory Agency products.
Al-Zahawi said that children in the same age group who live with an immunocompromised person will also be offered the vaccine.
But the government will not offer all healthy teens an injection of the coronavirus at this time because the JVCI does not advise it.
The newly appointed Health Minister, Sajid Javid, said the joint investigation committee “will consider whether to recommend vaccination of children under 18 without underlying health conditions at a future date”.
It came as the latest government figures revealed that the UK recorded 39,950 new cases of COVID and 19 more deaths linked to coronavirus in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, another 18,186 people received a jab on Sunday, bringing the UK’s total to 46,314,039.
He also received 128,878 second hits yesterday, which means 36,099,727 are now fully vaccinated.