People will need to be double vaccinated to enter nightclubs from autumn, Boris Johnson has confirmed.
Speaking virtually in a Downing Street press conference, the Prime Minister bizarrely warned of “the continuing risk posed by nightclubs,” exactly 17 hours after he gave the legal order for nightclubs to reopen.
Asked if Mr Johnson was relaxed about scenes in nightclubs on Freedom Day this morning, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “As far as I’m aware those nightclubs are operating within the rules.”
But speaking in tonight’s conference Mr Johnson said: “Nightclubs need to do the socially responsible thing and make use of the NHS Covid pass, which shows proof of vaccination, a recent negative test or natural immunity as a means of entry.
“We do reserve the right to mandate certification at any point if it’s necessary to reduce transmission.”
His comments came minutes after Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi announced partygoers will need to be double jabbed to get into a nightclub as everyone 18 and over would have been offered the vaccine by then.
However, Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi told the Commons: “We are supporting the safe reopening of large crowded settings such as nightclubs, as we saw last night, and music venues with the use of the NHS Covid pass as a condition of entry to reduce the risks of transmission.
“I encourage businesses to draw on this support and use the NHS Covid pass in the weeks ahead.
“We will be keeping a close watch on how it is used by venues and we reserve the right to mandate if necessary.”
It was not immediately clear if the NHS Covid pass would be mandatory by law.