PM faces backlash over 'shambolic' vaccine certificate decision for nightclubs from September
Vaccine passports to come into effect
As the clock struck twelve on Sunday, thousands flocked to nightclubs for their first drunken adventure in what seems like decades. But a press conference at 5pm last night has sparked huge controversy and massive criticism for Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
if Boris Johnson is worried about the "the continuing risk posed by nightclubs" wait til he finds out who re-opened them
— Jim Pickard (@PickardJE) July 19, 2021
Come September, all over-18s will have been offered the vaccine, and so Johnson is initiating Covid passports as mandatory for clubs. Though this rule only currently applies to nightclubs, could this be a snippet of what's to come in all indoor institutions?
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi clarified that a negative coronavirus test would "no longer be sufficient" to enter nightclubs. Partiers will have to have had both Covid jabs and proof before they can enter clubs.
Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night-Time Industries Association, told Sky:
"The announcement from the prime minister that COVID passports will be made mandatory for nightclubs in September comes after his health secretary said only one week ago that they would not be compulsory. What an absolute shambles.
"Leaving aside the fact that this is yet another chaotic U-turn that will leave nightclubs who have been planning for reopening for months will now have to make more changes to the way they operate - this is still a bad idea."
Peter Marks, chief executive of nightclub operator Rekom UK, also told Sky News his venues "won't be requiring" people to be double-jabbed or they "won't have anyone in."
If you get vaccinated purely to enter a nightclub give your head a wobble 🤪
— Jelly (@lifelikejellie) July 19, 2021
"Younger guests are 95 per cent of our customers - they won't be fully vaccinated [by September]. We won't be requiring them. Otherwise we won't have anyone in," he said.
But people online are predictably fuming, with many comparing Johnson to Hitler. "The unvaccinated are becoming second class citizens," on Twitter users vents.
Though this motion is currently only relevant to nightclubs, there are rumours it will span to other indoor venues.