UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that COVID-19 vaccine passports will be mandatory for nightclubs and other public venues that draw large crowds. 

The regulation is set to take effect in September, amid a strong push to get the 35% of currently unvaccinated UK residents aged 18 to 30 to begin scheduling appointments.

Vaccine passports are becoming increasingly common throughout Europe. The UK is following France in implementing similar policy as the nation led by Emmanuel Macron is now requiring vaccine validation in order for citizens to enter restaurants and other indoor establishments.

The announcement drew pushback from a number of nightlife industry professionals, notably Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA). He points out that while the rest of the business world celebrated Freedom Day and the lifting of all COVID-19 restrictions, the nightlife sector continues to be a target for red tape.

Recommended Articles

tiesto masked wolf

Watch Platinum-Certified Rapper Masked Wolf Drop Unreleased Collab With Tiësto

Tiësto has teamed up with the man behind "Astronaut in the Ocean," one of 2021's biggest sleeper hits, for a brand new collab.

Lost Lands

Here Are the Lost Lands 2021 Set Times and Day-to-Day Schedules

Performances from Excision, Getter, Rusko, and Virtual Riot are among countless can't-miss sets from Lost Lands 2021.

maxresdefault

Porter Robinson Highlights Anthony Fantano's Infamous "Worlds" Album Review During Festival Set

Anthony Fantano has published hundreds of album reviews, but few have driven the controversy compared to his take on Porter Robinson's debut.

“So, ‘freedom day’ for nightclubs lasted around 17 hours then," Kill said. "The announcement from the Prime Minister that Covid passports will be made mandatory for night clubs in September comes after his Health Secretary said only one week ago that they would not be compulsory. What an absolute shambles."

"Leaving aside the fact that this is yet another chaotic u-turn that will leave nightclubs who have been planning for reopening for months will now have to make more changes to the way they operate—this is still a bad idea," Kill added.

Related

general clubbing

Survey Suggests 50% of UK Nightlife Businesses Won't Survive Without Government Aid

Half of the UK's nightlife businesses could shutter in two months time, according to a new survey conducted by the Night Time Industries Association.

Lollapalooza Chicago

Lollapalooza Ramps Up Personnel to Support COVID-19 Vaccine Screening Measures

Lollapalooza's COVID-19 rules will require proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test in order to enter Grant Park.

save our scene uk

Save Our Scene to Host "Freedom to Dance" Event in Protest of UK Restrictions

Fans and artists alike are set to demonstrate in the streets of London for what Save Our Scene called the "largest creative industry demonstration ever in the UK."

gym working out

Korea's New COVID-19 Rules Restrict the BPM of Music in Gyms

Officials hope slower music will lead to a lower risk of infection, leading to what become an immediately controversial new restriction impacting gyms.

240228402_813884592590859_5014745371612206908_n

#UnmuteUs Protests Spark Easing of Restrictions for Dutch Nightlife and Festivals

The protests dominated major cities as 150,000 took to the streets over the weekend.

Ultra Music Festival Stage

Ultra Abu Dhabi Postponed Amid COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

The debut of Ultra Abu Dhabi will not go as planned because of the new coronavirus.

General

NYC Nightlife United Launches Emergency Fund for COVID-19 Relief

A consortium of nightlife companies have banded together to assist the struggling New York nightlife scene.

general

UK Nightclub Study Hosts First Lawful Gathering in Over a Year With No Social Distancing, 3,000-Capacity

Attendees were in disbelief that they were able to attend live performances from Jayda G and Lewis Boardman over the weekend.