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HITS LIST: AMPERSANDS
Dynamic duos (12/7a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
WINNING NOMINATIONS
I.B. Bad on music's biggest comeback (12/7a)
ON THE COVER: LADY GAGA & TONY BENNETT
It's De-Lovely. (12/7a)
CALLING THE PLAYS:
JOHN JANICK
We salute the winner and still champ. (12/7a)
SONG STREAMS:
'TIS THE SEASON
It's beginning to look a lot like Xmas. (12/6a)
CHESTNUTS
Roasting.
STOCKINGS
Stuffing.
PIPERS
Piping.
SANTA
Coming.
Blighty Beat
DEBATE RAGES OVER COVID PASSPORTS
8/26/21

Debate is raging in the U.K. over the use of COVID or vaccine passports for entry into gigs and events, which the Government has yet to confirm will become a legal requirement.

Not all gigs and events are currently asking customers to show their NHS COVID pass, which provides proof of vaccination, immunity or a negative test. Some are operating spot checks for the three options, some aren't asking for anything, while others, like The O2 Arena and Boardmasters, are asking to see the pass, which is currently a recommendation from the Government rather than a legal requirement.

However, a new Government mandate is proposing that COVID passports are brought in for nightclubs and mass gatherings beginning at the end of September. As a result, the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) says businesses are predicting a drop-off in trade of up to 30% with ticket sales stalling from October onward.

NTIA CEO Michael Kill says more than 15k letters opposing the move have been sent to MPs from business owners, creatives, freelancers and customers; they explain the impact passports might have 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 and tourism,” he said.

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