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Bars With Dance Floors Must Check Covid Passes After 1am From Tomorrow

Bars With Dance Floors Must Check Covid Passes After 1am From Tomorrow

It comes as the UK government announces a raft of stricter measures to curb the spread of the Omicron variant

Bars with dance floors will have to check Covid passes for punters after 1am.

As part of a raft of new measures being introduced by the UK government from 6am tomorrow (subject to a vote in parliament today), security staff will have to make sure customers have the correct documentation to enter their establishments in the early hours of the morning.

This means that people will be able to go to their local boozer - which has a dance floor - at 11pm without being checked.

However, if they decided to pop in a couple of hours later, they will have to produce a Covid pass, which states that they have either had the vaccine or tested negative for the virus.

According to the Department of Health, all 'nightclubs, dancehalls and discotheques' are required to check passes from customers during all opening hours.

'Other late night dance venues', though, are obliged to 'take reasonable measures' to make sure punters arriving between 1am and 5am have the correct documentation.

Explaining the measures further, the DoH provided an example: "A bar is open throughout the day and stays open later than 1am. 

Pubs with dance floors will have to check Covid passes from punters after 1am.

"It meets the criteria for mandatory use of the NHS COVID Pass (because it provides music and a dance floor, serves alcohol, and stays open later than 1am).

"The manager is not required to check the COVID-19 status of anyone who leaves the venue before 1am but must take reasonable measures to ensure that everyone who remains in, or enters, the premises after 1am has the NHS COVID Pass (or other accepted evidence)."

Over the weekend, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that eligible people over the age of 18 will be allowed to get a coronavirus booster jab before the end of 2021.

With the looming threat of the Omicron variant, the UK government wants to make sure as many people as possible have as much protection as possible against the mutation. 

People are being urged to get the booster jab.

As long as it's been three months or longer since a person's second jab, they will be permitted to get a booster.

"We're now facing an emergency in our battle with the new variant, Omicron," the Prime Minister said in an address to the Kingdom. 

"We must urgently reinforce our wall of vaccine protection to keep our friends and loved ones safe. We know from bitter experience how these exponential curves develop. 

"No one should be in any doubt there is a tidal wave of Omicron coming."

The announcement came off the back of revelations that a number of parties and gatherings had taken place at Number 10 Downing Street and other government departments last Christmas.

Johnson and the UK government had denied for over a week that anything took place at Downing Street on 18 December last year.

Boris Johnson was photographed hosting a pub quiz from Downing Street last Christmas.

At the time, London had just been placed in Tier 3 restrictions, which meant that people were not allowed to meet up with others indoors in a social setting unless they were in their support bubble or lived with them.

Millions cancelled their Christmas plans with family and friends.

However, despite the denial, a leaked recording from a Downing Street press briefing showed the Prime Minister's spokesperson Allegra Stratton and media advisor Ed Oldfield joking about the 'party'.

A few days later, a photo then emerged of Johnson hosting a pub quiz from Downing Street on 15 December, which has raised questions over whether the Prime Minister broke the law while the rest of the country was being asked to stay away from family and friends.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Coronavirus, Health, Science, Boris Johnson, Politics, UK News