Health Minister Sajid Javid Confirms Vaccine Passports not Needed for Casinos

There was good news for the casino sector last week when UK Health Minister Sajid Javid said there are no plans to introduce mandatory vaccine passports for crowded leisure venues.

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The move represents somewhat of a U-turn for the government, which had been planning to introduce the passports rule.

However, these plans saw fierce opposition from many members of the Conservative party, who argued that they would infringe upon civil liberties and place an unnecessary burden on many businesses.

Praise from Night-time Industry

The move has been praised by many in the leisure and entertainment industry. Michael Kill, CEO of the Night-Time Industries Association, said:

“We hope that businesses will now be able to plan for the future with some degree of certainty, regain confidence from customers and the workforce, and start to rebuild a sector that has consistently been at the sharp end of this pandemic,” Kill said in a statement.

Venues like casinos and nightclubs were among the hardest-hit during the UK’s coronavirus restrictions, with unrestricted nightlife being absent in England for 16 months.

Many UK Casinos, such as London’s famous Hippodrome, have signed the Open for All chater, which opposes entrants to their venues having to provide proof of medical records of health status.

The charter reads: There are many practical and logistical issues for us, alongside civil liberty and discrimination considerations more broadly for society, if venues or events insist on seeing any kind of health-related documents,” reads the charter.

Among the last businesses to emerge from the resitrctions, certain casinos and nightclubs across the country could not recover and have not reopneded at all.

Not yet guarantee in Scotland and Wales

While casino goers in England will not have to worry about mandatory vaccine passports, this may not be the case in other parts of the UK.

Scotland, which currently has a higher rate of cases, still plans to require all people entering certain venues from 1st October to provide proof of vaccination. Officials in Wales are also keeping their options open.

There are no such plans in Northern Ireland, due to the country not having any land-based casinos.

Winter surge could see idea revisited

While vaccine passports will not be required for now, there is no guarantee that will remain the case if England sees a rise of coronavirus cases throughout Autumn and Winter.

The government is currently placing its faith in vaccines, testing and measures such as wearing masks to keep cases down as the temperature drops, but it has not ruled out another lockdown if cases spiral.

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