Owners of Pryzm nightclubs won't ask for vaccine passports after July 19

Nightclub bosses in charge of 42 venues around the country have ruled out asking for vaccine passports at their doors after restrictions end on July 19.

REKOM UK, which owns chains Pryzm, Bar&Beyond, and Fiction among other clubs, will also not require a negative Covid test to enter.

The government has urged venues to use the NHS Covid Pass to ask customers for proof they have been double jabbed or have recently tested negative after larger events without social distancing are allowed to resume.

The scheme will be ‘non-compulsory’, with Boris Johnson calling on venues to use it ‘as a matter of social responsibility’.

REKOM UK’s chief executive, Peter Marks, said using the Covid Pass would ‘create a barrier to both customer enjoyment and getting the industry back on its feet’.

He said his company’s clubs will operate entry in the same way pubs are currently doing.

‘We’re able to open in this way because nightclubs in particular are among the best equipped venues in the hospitality sector, and indeed were even prior to the pandemic, for the exact safety measures that are required to reduce the spread of the virus.

‘These include air ventilation systems in all our venues which change air every five minutes on average, sanitisation stations throughout all our clubs, increased frequency of cleaning schedules compared to before the pandemic, and highly trained staff and experienced door staff who are well-versed in crowd management protocols.

‘Together, these measures mean that clubs are well placed to open and provide unforgettable nights out once again.’

Guidance published on says that if ‘sufficient measures are not taken to limit infection, the Government will consider mandating the NHS Covid Pass in certain venues at a later date’.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid described the final stage of the roadmap out of lockdown – which begins next Monday – as living with the virus in a ‘new phase of continued caution’.

Other hospitality businesses say they are waiting for full guidance to be publsihed before deciding their stance on the scheme.

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