A club night organiser has dropped a requirement for revellers to show an NHS Covid pass on the door.
Ultimate Power, which is putting on a power ballad club night at Bristol’s The Fleece on August 13, initially said those attending its club nights would need a Covid pass to prove their vaccination, test or immunity status.
But the promoter then made changes to its website, saying people could prove their Covid status in several ways, including by email, the BBC reports.
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A spokesman for Ultimate Power said the app was “simply the easiest form of presenting this status” and the only intention had been to ensure customer safety.
Ultimate Power organised power ballad nights at both Manchester’s O2 Ritz and London’s Electric Ballroom on Friday (July 30).
It had initially said it would be “requesting Covid passes at point of entry to our clubs”. After the BBC reported the entry requirement on Thursday night, Ultimate Power reportedly deleted a webpage and social media posts.
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The O2 Ritz later said the venue requires customers to show Covid status on entry, but could do this with a negative lateral flow result by text message, email or letter. The BBC reported “similar” requirements at the Electric Ballroom.
The £6 event at The Fleece, on St Thomas Street in Redcliffe, is the next being organised by Ultimate Power.
The Fleece website says: “Please note you do not currently need proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter the venue.”
Covid passes have come under fire from Liberal Democrats, whose home affairs spokesman Alistair Carmichael said ministers have committed to Covid passports “by stealth”, the BBC reports.
“We now have a new ID card snuck onto our phones without even as much as a whisper from the government,” he said.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced people attending nightclubs and other large venues where crowds gather must be fully vaccinated from the end of September.
England’s NHS app explains there are four ways to get a Covid pass — through “testing, full vaccination, natural immunity, or an exemption”.
To access their pass, users must first link their NHS number with other personal information to verify their identity. According to the terms of the service, it is not intended to be used by employers to check staff have been vaccinated.
A Department for Health and Social Care spokesperson told the BBC: “Businesses, events and venues have been encouraged to use the Covid pass to help reduce transmission of Covid-19.”
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