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Watchet Festival news: GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT OF SCRAPPING OF VACCINE PASSPORT POLICY: STATEMENT…

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GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT OF SCRAPPING OF VACCINE PASSPORT POLICY: STATEMENT

The Government has this morning informally announced that it does not intend to pursue the policy of double vaccination certification (“vaccine passports”) in England that it announced in August.

The double vaccine certification programme proposed by the government contained a number of challenges around deliverability, practicality, equality and potential discrimination. MVT has been describing those problems to Ministers and departments for the last two months. We therefore welcome the decision to not move forward with this policy.

It is important to reiterate that grassroots music venues simply want the tools to be able to create safe events. These venues are run by experts with existing skills in in risk mitigation. There is ample evidence that, working alongside the live music community, a great deal has already been achieved to meet our aim to reopen every venue safely.

Our main issue with double vaccination certification as a sole requirement of entry was that it was highly unlikely to achieve improved safety above and beyond the measures already in place. At the same time, it was highly likely to create a two tier night time economy which divided venues and customers.

We await formal confirmation from the government of the scrapping of these problematic passports. We strongly encourage Scottish government to look again at its proposals to establish such a scheme, especially in the light of the problems different schemes for different countries within the UK creates for artists, crew and staff.

Meanwhile we continue to encourage everyone in the live music community to please take a test before attending an event. This is a personal approach to risk mitigation that is highly effective and makes a real difference to the safety of gigs. #TakeaTest

Music Venue Trust

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