Nightclub boss asks about PM’s leadership in vaccine passports


Nightclub bosses questioned the leadership of Prime Minister Boris Johnson about plans to implement a COVID-19 vaccine passport on club doors starting in September.

Peter Marks, CEO of Rekom UK, which owns 42 nightclubs including chains Pryzm, Eden and Fiction, said he felt “total distrust” after hearing Johnson’s club plans later this year. ..

Johnson said at a press conference on Monday that evidence of a negative test over the age of 18 on the day the club reopened for the first time in 16 months is no longer sufficient for admission to the nightclub from September. He said it would not be done.

Marks said he understood the difficulties the government was facing due to the need to “navigate between all icebergs of different factions,” but disagreed with the latest plans.

He added that Johnson feels “confused” because he “doesn’t touch the pub” because he understands “how unpopular” it is with the general public.

He told PA News Agency: “We have the government, especially the prime minister, here, and we are driven by polls and polls rather than I think we are healthy.

“Sometimes you have to show leadership, and I don’t think this guy has it. I question his judgment. He’s really good at rejuvenating. I think, I’m certainly not anti-Boris in itself, but I think this was a terrible misunderstanding on his behalf. “

Marks wants to “argue” the government that the nightclub industry should not be treated separately from other societies and consider how clubs can operate “balanced with risk assessment.” Stated. How to do it. “

“Emphasis on the nightclub industry has no basis other than a populist message, and I totally disagree with it,” he said.

“Needless to say, van, [and introduce vaccine passports]The futile hope that nightclubs are so popular under the age of thirties that everyone shrugs and gets a passport is a delusion.

“The passport is a suicide note and will not be accepted as an entry requirement until instructed.

“Once it comes into force, I’m not going to violate the law. I’ll never do it. But in reality, I keep hitting the drums until common sense pervades, which is populist applause. Because it ’s a cheer. ”

A government spokesman said: “This is to protect people in the environment where the virus is most likely to spread, and vaccines are the best way to do this.

“This change will not take effect until the end of September. At that point, everyone over the age of 18 will have the opportunity to be fully vaccinated. We will give young people before for their jabs. I keep urging you to come out.

“The NHSCOVID pass is designed to be simple and easy to use, and we announced this change more than two months ago to notify the venue of preparations.”

By Isobel Frodsham