Party-goers heading to Manchester tonight will be asked to show their Covid digital pass as the requirement goes into effect.
Yesterday, MPs across the country voted in favor of using NHS Covid passes – meaning anyone looking to enjoy a night out will need to prove they are double vaccinated.
Either that or they must show proof of a negative lateral flow test performed 48 hours before arriving at the site.
Although it was a quiet midweek evening in the city, with most nightclubs closed until the weekend, one venue attracted huge crowds, dressed in costumes and sparkling dresses from head to toe.
Manchester Central Conference Center hosted another of its ‘Vivid Experience’ Christmas parties tonight, where tables can be reserved by parties or separate workplaces for a festive party.
And as excited revelers lined up outside to enter, they also pulled out their phones to show off their Covid digital passes on the NHS app, which was carefully checked by door staff.
A woman, who was on her way inside, told the MEN that she felt there was a need to show a pass in such a large venue, but added that many will feel ‘pulled back into a corner’ and forced to get their jabs in order to enjoy a evening.
She said: “I feel okay with showing my Covid pass tonight, especially in such a big room where so many people are mingling from all over.
âI had my two jabs so I have no problem showing a pass as I would still have been vaccinated anyway.
âI haven’t been out in months, this is the first time I have been out in a long time and knowing that everyone has had their jabs or showed a test result makes me feel better.
âI wasn’t even sure tonight would move forward because of the increase in cases and all the uncertainty.
âIt’s a bit unfair that places need to apply for the Covid pass as it might cause some people to feel pressured to get the jab when it should be a choice. People will feel stuck in a corner, I think.”
Another person in line to enter the room added: “It’s not ideal, it’s a bit of a pain but you just do what you have to do. It’s a lot easier than doing a lateral flow test whenever you want to go somewhere. “
Bettors are urged to be cooperative and patient as sites are doing their best to comply with the government’s latest coronavirus legislation as of today, December 15.
Speaking to social media this evening, the downtown 42s nightclub reminded clubbers that they should show a Covid pass or an email showing a negative lateral flow test result.
The new rules apply to nightclubs, any indoor non-seated venue of more than 500 people, outdoor non-seated venue of more than 4,000 people and any venue of more than 10,000 people.
There is also a clause that says any venue, regardless of capacity, must check covid passports if it is open beyond 1 a.m. and has a dance floor or “space to dance.” “.
In this scenario, sites could check covid passports at any time prior to entry, or they could choose to start checks on those already inside the premises at 1 a.m.
Albert Schloss, on Peter Street, usually opens until 2 a.m., but a venue official told Manchester Evening News they are testing closing at 1 a.m. to avoid checking Covid passes this week .
The venue does not meet the requirement to request capacity passes, but has space for dancing and is classified as a ‘late night venue’.
A staff member said: ‘We don’t have a capacity above 500, but we usually open later, so we technically had to apply for Covid passes.
âWe have changed our opening hours slightly and will close at 1 a.m. this week and see how it goes.
âThe rules have changed every time and if we have to enforce them we will make them work. We had to get used to constantly adapting.
“We have done it before and we will do it again.”
A few doors down, also on Peter Street, is the popular Revs De Cuba bar.
The room manager has confirmed that starting at 10 p.m. tonight, bouncers at the door will ask for proof of the Covid pass or a negative lateral flow test.
Asked about the logistics to ask customers for proof of vaccination, the MEN He was told, “It won’t be different for us. We already have to ask people who come for ID, so it’s not much different.”
The new rules were introduced as part of Plan B measures, which were imposed on England to curb the spread of Covid-19 and the rapidly increasing Omicron variant.
John Hamilton, owner of Bar Pop and Churchills and vice chairman of the Pub and Club Network, said today there are almost 800 licensees in Manchester and he believes around 80% are affected by the changes .
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Speaking to MEN on Wednesday afternoon, he said the sites were still awaiting advice from Manchester Council on how they should interpret the rules.
When the Covid pass requirement was first announced last week, Manchester nightclub bosses also opposed the idea.
Mo Mohamud owns Manchester Club Liv and History nightclubs, as well as Yours restaurant on Deansgate and was devastated to hear Boris’ announcement.
“It’s an absolute nightmare for any nightclub. We were the first to be locked out and the first to be let loose like this again.”
And Aaron Mellor of Tokyo Industries, the company that operates many of Manchester’s busiest nightclubs including Factory, Gorilla, Impossible, Deaf Institute & South, added: super experienced in crowd management, better controls, tighter security and in larger and better ventilated spaces.
âWe keep introducing policy without the systems to actually implement it, nor any proof that it is really needed or that it works. “
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