A leading club night organizer has released a requirement for customers to display an NHS Covid pass on the door.
Ultimate Power earlier told people that they required an NHS Covid pass to prove their vaccination, test or immunity status at venues. However, the promoter later edited its website to say people can verify their Covid status in several ways, like by email.
The passes are on England’s NHS app, different from the NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales.
The Liberal Democrats have urged ministers to end Covid passes or at least allow MPs to debate them in Parliament. Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Alistair Carmichael alleged ministers of committing to Covid passports “by stealth”.
“We now have a new ID card snuck onto our phones without even as much as a whisper from the government,” he said.
A spokeswoman for the O2 Ritz club in Manchester mentioned the venue needs customers to show their Covid status on entry – but they could do this by procuring a negative lateral flow result by text message, email, or letter. Customers can also willingly use the NHS Covid Pass to show a negative test, alongside complete vaccination or immunity, the venue’s website mentioned.
Similar entry necessities will be applicable to guests at the Electric Ballroom.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared earlier this month that people going to nightclubs and other large venues where crowds gather would need to be fully vaccinated from the end of September. A “domestic” pass option on England’s NHS app clarifies there are four ways to get an NHS Covid pass-through “testing, full vaccination, natural immunity, or an exemption”. It states, “You may need to show your NHS Covid Pass at places that have chosen to use the service.” People can also request a paper pass to prove their vaccination status. The text on the NHS Covid app was altered on Monday after trials of the domestic pass for events ended, the Department of Health established.
Other updates shared this week comprise linking the pass to Apple Wallet and permitting those who took part in the trial of the Novavax vaccine to obtain a pass. Various approaches to vaccination status are evolving across the UK amid legal, privacy and discrimination concerns.
In Scotland, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has mentioned excluding people who refuse a coronavirus vaccination from certain significant events is the wrong approach. In England, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove cautioned those who decline to take a vaccine might be unable to access mass attendance venues like football stadia or nightclubs.