This morning I was involved in an online meeting with Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association, and he updated us on preparations for the hospitality industry reopening.
He confirmed that the Dept for Culture, Media and Sport is working with industry bodies to prepare Covid-safety guidance for hospitality businesses, and there are also some pilots taking place at the 100 Club in London and The Exchange in Bristol, including changes to ventilation systems, use of UV lighting and lateral flow testing.
The outcome of the pilots is expected by the end of April, and findings incorporated into the guidance released in the first 2 weeks of May.
There is concern about the short lead-in period before the earliest date for indoor hospitality to open its doors, and potential costs of these measures.
Covid-Status Certification Consultation Open for Views:
The government is reviewing whether ‘COVID-status certification’ could play a role in reopening our economy, reducing restrictions on social contact and improving safety, and has launched a 2 week consultation during which they are seeking views particularly from organisations and individuals with relevant expertise as well as those it would impact (such as a business owns or operates a venue that may make use of a potential certification scheme).
COVID-status certification refers to the use of testing or vaccination data to confirm in different settings that individuals have a lower risk of getting sick with or transmitting COVID-19 to others. Such certification would be available both to vaccinated people and to unvaccinated people who have been tested.
The government will assess to what extent certification would be effective in reducing risk, and its potential uses in enabling access to settings or relaxing COVID-secure mitigations.
The government is looking to consider the ethical, equalities, privacy, legal and operational aspects of a potential certification scheme, and what limits, if any, should be placed on organisations using certification. They welcome views from all respondents.
You can find the Consultation Questions and address to respond to here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/covid-status-certification-review-call-for-evidence/covid-status-certification-review-call-for-evidence