Over 15,000 Letters have been sent from Business Owners, Creatives, Freelancers and Customers in opposition to the Government’s Mandate on Covid Passports which is being proposed for certain settings including “Nightclubs and Mass Gatherings” from the end of September.
The businesses expected to take on these mitigations have been at the sharp end of the pandemic, and are predicting a drop off in trade of up to 30% from the end of September. Tickets sales for events post September have also stalled across the country with people asking for refunds citing the uncertainty around Covid Passports.
Through leaked letters over the weekend the disarray between ministers and legal representatives on whether the decision has been made evident, but it is clear there will be a battle in the House of Commons once it comes to a vote.
Michael Kill CEO NTIA Says“Over 15,000 letters have been sent to Constituent MP’s highlighting the industry’s deep concern for the Government narrative around Covid Passports, in particular the impact of this measure on the workforce, trade and culture.”“After a short period of freedom, we are once again overshadowed by uncertainty, the end of September brings with it some huge challenges around staffing, discrimination, safety, & tourism.”
“We are already seeing bookings and advance ticket sales dropping off at the end of September with several event promoters reporting refund requests due to Covid passport requirements from the start of October.”
“We are also seeing the initial signs of illegal events being organised for the end of September, early October, which will certainly be counter productive against the current public health strategy, and will place further pressure on emergency services and policing.”
“Our Industry has been exceptional during this pandemic, supporting communities, managing people, risk and public health and we are now seeing irrefutable evidence of this success in the daily infection and mortality figures.”
“The Government needs to step forward and confirm its intentions and end the uncertainty of a sector worth over 112 Billion to the economy.”