Hospitality Ulster has said that it has received numerous messages from concerned business owners regarding the scheme, with some saying they have had £50,000 worth of cancellations over the next three months as a result of the decision.

The scheme, which will require someone to show proof of vaccination status, a negative Lateral Flow Test in the previous 48 hours, or proof of recovery from a positive PCR test in the previous 30 – 180 days.

The Covid certification will be used to gain entry to nightclubs, hospitality premises that serve food and/or drink, cinemas, theatres and conferences halls.

It will also be needed to access indoor events with 500 or more attendees where some or all of the audience is not normally seated.

Certificates would be required for outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees where some or all of the audience is not normally seated.

Colin Neill, Chief Executive of Hospitality Ulster, has said that the industry is already seeing the impact of the passport scheme with a wave of cancellations and concerns over the costs that businesses could incur implementing it.

He said: “We are only just beginning to see the impact of last night’s decision, with members now texting us about cancellations.

“The evidence from Scotland shows that their limited use of COVID certification has resulted in a more than 20% drop in footfall, increased costs and extremely high levels of abuse to staff.”

“In the absence of any Government support, our industry will have to retain staff and save businesses, and Hospitality Ulster will do all that it can to support them.”

Health Minister Robin Swann has said he wants the regulations needed for the law change come into effect on November 29, with a 14-day grace period prior to becoming enforceable on December 13.

 

Non-compliant venues could face a £1,000 fine.

Written by Connor Lynch

Sourced from belfastlive.co.uk