By Rachael Grealish
Entry to nightclubs ddwill be dependent on people being double jabbed, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
Speaking today, Monday July 19, from Chequers – the Prime Minister’s Buckinghamshire address where he has chosen to self-isolate from – Boris Johnson said ‘proof of a negative test will no longer be enough’ as plans to make fully vaccinated the requirement nightclub entry will go ahead this September.
Although the PM himself is isolating ‘Freedom Day’ still went ahead and Johnson began his conference by reiterating his reasons for reopening today – even with the rising numbers of cases – saying its down to ‘if not now, when?’.
He said: “The logic remains the same, if we don’t open up now we run the risk of tougher conditions in the colder months when the virus has a natural advantage and we lose that fire breaker of the school holidays and there comes a point after so many have been vaccinated when further restrictions no longer prevent hospitalisations and deaths – but simply delay the inevitable.
“And so we have to ask ourselves the question: ‘if not now, when?’ And though both deaths and hospitalisations are sadly rising these numbers are well within the margins of what our scientists predicted at the outset of the roadmap so it is right to proceed cautiously in the way we are, but it is also right to recognise this pandemic, is far from over and that’s why I know it is essential to keep up the system of test, trace and isolate.”
Johnson empathised with those having to self-isolate, but stressed the process was necessary as it’s ‘simply a consequence of living with COVID’.
“I know how frustrating it is for all those who have been affected or ‘pinged’ and I want to explain that point,” he continued, “People identified as contacts are at least five times more likely to be infected than others and even if they’ve been vaccinated there’s a risk they can pass the disease on.
“So as we go forward the continueping sacrifice of the large minority of us who have been asked to isolate remains important to allow the rest of society to get back to something like normality and at this stage it’s simply a consequence of living with COVID.”
But the controversial moment when the PM made have his ultimatum for nightclub goers – seemingly, ‘get vaccinated or no nightclubs’ .
He said: “I don’t want to have to close nightclubs again like they have elsewhere but it does mean we need to do socially responsible thing and make use of the 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 is necessary to reduce transmission.
“By the end of September, when all over 18s will have had the chance to be double jabbed, we’re planning to make full vaccination the condition of entry to all nightclubs, and other venues where all large crowds gather – proof of a negative test will no longer be enough.”
Nightclubs were able to reopen from today as most restrictions were lifted – including the legal limitations on social distancing and mask wearing.