Revellers in the UK will need to prove that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access nightclubs and other crowded venues, the country’s vaccines minister has announced.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Nadhim Zahawi said that a negative PCR test would no longer suffice in order to prove that one was COVID-safe.
England’s nightclubs were today allowed to open for the first time since March 2020, with Zahaw saying the government would be keeping a close watch on how the country’s COVID-19 certificate system would be working.
“By the end of September everyone aged 18 and over will have the chance to receive full vaccination, and the additional two weeks for that protection to really take hold.
“So, at that point, we plan to make full vaccination a condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather,” Zahaw said.
He warned the younger generations that “some of life’s most important pleasures and opportunities are likely to be increasingly dependent on vaccination”.
“There are already countries that require you to be double-jabbed as a condition of quarantine free travel, and that list seems likely to grow,” he added.
Malta is one such country. From last week, quarantine-free travel to the country is no longer possible for those without a vaccine certificate.
The government’s intention was originally to ban all those without a vaccine but it backtracked when faced with harsh criticism, including from the European Commission, which described Malta’s intentions as discriminatory.
The opening of Malta’s culture and entertainment sector has been a controversial topic as the country has opened up from a semi-lockdown period between March and June.
As things stand, standing events are not permitted and it is only seated events with a maximum of 300 guests, and not more than one person per four square metres are allowed.
Entry to such events will also require attendees to present a COVID-19 vaccine certificate.
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