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English nightclubs to require Covid passes for entry under new measures

The new rules will come into place next week

NHS COVID passes will be required for entry into nightclubs in England under newly announced “Plan B” measures in response to rising coronavirus cases.

From next Wednesday (15th December), it will be a legal requirement to show a NHS COVID pass – proving double vaccination or a negative lateral flow/PCR test – in order to enter clubs across the country. Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed these new measures today (8th December) after news initially circulated earlier, outlining that they would likely be put in place amid the spread of the omicron variant of Covid-19.

These measures will apply to all unseated indoor venues that can hold over 500 people and unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people. From Friday 10th December, face masks will also be required for most indoor public venues including cinemas and theatres, but not pubs or restaurants. People are also being encouraged to work from home if possible. 

These “Plan B” measures will be reviewed “no later” than early January, Johnson said.