Night Time Industries Association, NTIA Calls For ‘Damaging’ Vaccine Passports To Be Abolished Nationwide

It has been suggested that the government is preparing to abandon Plan B measures in England at the end of the month, with The telegraph reporting that Covid is passing and work from home advice is set to be lifted from January 26 in England.

An announcement could be made confirming the decision as early as this week.

Currently, NHS Covid passes are compulsory in England to enter nightclubs and venues where large crowds gather, including unseated indoor events with 500 or more attendees, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees and any event with 10,000 or more attendees.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have similar programs in place.

Amid reports, the NTIA, which represents some 1,400 independent bars, clubs and live music venues across the UK, reaffirmed its view that the scheme is neither proportionate nor effective in controlling the virus at across the UK.

“With the devastating losses in hospitality and night economy businesses over the festive period, and the effects of constrained cash flow being felt across the UK, our industry has been placed in a extremely fragile condition,” said NTIA CEO Michael Kill.

“Vaccine passports play a significant role in the continued business losses associated with this difficult time, with companies reporting up to 30% business losses directly related to this mitigation.”

Kill adds that at no time was the NTIA aware of any evidence or rationale to support the decision behind the adoption of vaccine passports.

“This program has been damaging to the nightlife sector in particular, without ever having demonstrated that it achieves its claimed objectives, and now is the time to draw a line under it and move on to a coherent approach in other parts of the UK”, he continues.

“Experts believe it will take several years for the hospitality and nightlife economy sectors to recover, but what is important is that the government put aside its policy agenda and place first people and businesses at the most acute end of the pandemic.”

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