Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed yesterday that the government is moving forward with the final step of its lockdown roadmap next week, lifting most of the mandatory restrictions currently in place. This means that, for the first time since March 2020, social distancing requirements will be removed and nightclubs will finally be able to reopen at full capacity.
As reported by Nottingham Live, the owners of the Pryzm nightclub have confirmed that they will not require proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test when they fully reopen on July 19.
This comes despite government advice that businesses and large events should use the NHS Covid Pass to ask punters for proof of these – although this is ‘non-mandatory’ as previous restrictions were.
Peter Marks, who is the managing director of REKOM UK which owns 42 nightclubs including the chains Pryzm, Bar & Beyond, Eden and Fiction, said he was “delighted” to be able to reopen next Monday.
He added that it will be “at full capacity and without any negative Covid test requirements, which we believe would create a barrier to both customer enjoyment and the industry to get back on its feet.”
According to the businessman, nightclubs are “among the best equipped places” to handle the spread of the virus.
Mr Marks said: âWe can open this way because nightclubs in particular are among the best equipped venues in the hotel industry, and were even before the pandemic, for the exact security measures needed to reduce the spread of the virus.
âThese include air ventilation systems at all of our sites that change air every five minutes on average, disinfection stations in all of our clubs, increased frequency of cleaning programs compared to before the pandemic , and highly trained and experienced door staff who are familiar with crowd management protocols.
âTogether, these measures mean that clubs are well positioned to open up and once again offer unforgettable nights. “
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At the Downing Street press conference on Monday, Boris Johnson urged sites to use the vaccine passport program “as part of social responsibility.”
Guidelines posted on the government website following the announcement said that if “sufficient steps are not taken to limit the infection, the government will consider making the NHS Covid Pass mandatory in certain locations at a later date “.
The government has reportedly made plans for the introduction of Covid passports in the fall, all with the aim of mitigating the impact of a fourth wave and encouraging young people to get vaccinated.
Additional reporting by Gemma Toulson.