What Do The New Covid Rules Mean For Nightlife?
Last night Plan B was announced...and no we are not talking about the rapper Plan B.
After fears of the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, becoming more infectious Boris Johnson has announced more measures in attempt to prevent the further spread.
What are the new rules?
- Face masks are mandatory in most indoor venues like, cinemas, shops and public transport.
- Work from home if you can from Monday 13th.
- From Wednesday 15th December you will need to show either your vaccination status or a recent negative lateral flow test to gain entry into venues including nightclubs.
What events do I need to show an NHS Covid Pass for?
You must show either a 'Covid Passport' or proof of recent negative lateral flow test if you are attending an event at:
- Indoor unseated venues with more than 500 people.
- Unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people.
- Any venue with more than 10,000 people.
Nightclub owners such as Jeremy Joseph, owner of G-A-Y and Heaven, told the BBC the new rules are a bit confusing; "I've got three different venues and each is going to have different rules. It makes no sense" he continued "If I go to G-A-Y bar on Old Compton Street our capacity is 450, so it's just carry on as normal". He isn't against the use of the Covid Passport, but was glad people had the option to show negative lateral flow tests instead, so it doesn't "alienate people".
The events industry has suffered a lot during the pandemic and changes have had to be made to make sure people are safe. Pre-Christmas is a crucial time for pubs, bars, clubs to recoup some losses from earlier in the pandemic. With these measures announced so close to Christmas, it is worrying for the industry.
Although measures are being taken to help prevent the spread of Omicron, it doesn't mean that events and nightlife have to be put on hold for now. Just make sure you wear your masks, take regular tests and stay safe whilst partying people!