Government confirms only people who have had both Covid jabs will be allowed into venues with large crowds from the autumn
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The government minister for Covid Vaccine Deployment, Nadhim Zahawi has told MPs on Monday, July 19 that from the end of September, only people who have had two Covid vaccines will be permitted to enter nightclubs and other venues with large crowds.
Full details are yet to be announced by there has been speculation over the past week that the policy would be introduced for events like football matches.
The minister has encouraged businesses to “use the NHS Covid pass in the weeks ahead”, adding: “We will be keeping a close watch on how it is used by venues and reserve the right to mandate if necessary.
“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.
“Proof of a negative test will no longer be sufficient.
“Any decisions will of course be subject to parliamentary scrutiny and we will ensure that appropriate exemptions for those who have genuine medical reasons of why they can’t get vaccinated, and I’m clear we will always look at the evidence available and do all we can to ensure people can continue to do the things they love.”
The announcement comes less than 24 hours after nightclubs in England were allowed to reopen for the first time since March 2020 as the country finally reached the final stage of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.
When speaking in the House of Common’s, Mr Zahawi also confirmed that all 17-year-olds within three months of their 18th birthday will be offered a Covid vaccine.