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COVID-19: PM faces backlash over ‘shambolic’ decision to make people prove double vaccination status to enter nightclubs from September

Proof that people are fully vaccinated will be required to enter nightclubs and other “crowded venues” from the autumn, the government says, making the announcement less than 24 hours after venues reopened for the first time since March 2020.

People enjoy their time at a nightclub, as part of a national research programme assessing the risk of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission, in Liverpool, Britain April 30, 2021. REUTERS/Carl Recine
Those wanting to go to nightclubs will have to prove they have had two vaccines from the end of September, the government has announced

The government’s plan to require people to prove double vaccination status when entering nightclubs and other “crowded venues” from the end of September has been condemned as an “absolute shambles”.

Boris Johnson revealed on Monday that in two months’ time, those wishing to enter venueswhere large numbers of people gather in England will need to have received two coronavirus jabs.

And vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi clarified that a negative coronavirus test will “no longer be sufficient” to enter nightclubs.

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Clubbers at Egg nightclub in Kings Cross, north London. Pic from Egg given to Jemima Walker for our use
Nightclubs opened for the first time since March 2020 on Monday

But the announcement, which came 17 hours after nightclubs were able to open for the first time since March 2020, has been heavily criticised by the entertainment sector.