NEW Covid rules were set at the Downing Street Covid-19 press conference on Wednesday December 8 and will go into effect next week.
Subject to MPs’ approval, from Wednesday December 15, people in England will need to use the Covid pass to access:
– Non-seated interior rooms for more than 500 people
– Non-seated outdoor rooms for more than 4,000 people
– Any place of more than 10,000 people
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People who are not fully vaccinated may instead show evidence of a recent negative lateral flow test.
Announcing the measures, Boris Johnson said businesses will have a week to prepare.
How the rules will be applied has not yet been clarified.
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Some sites in the North East that do not meet the criteria choose to implement the need for Covid passports.
For other sites, masks and social distancing are encouraged and hand sanitizing stations are making a comeback, but no Covid passport is required.
Here is how some sites in the Northeast reacted.
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Darlington Racecourse posted this statement on its Facebook page:
âFollowing the government announcement on Wednesday, December 8, Darlington Racecourse updated its Covid security measures as follows:
âFrom December 10, customers are required to wear a face cover (over the age of 11) when visiting the Hippodrome, unless otherwise specified or while eating or drinking.
âThere will be no obligation for customers to demonstrate their covid status in the form of a Covid Pass or negative lateral flow test to access the site.
“Hand sanitizer is available throughout the site, we continue to ventilate the building and maintain our strict daily cleaning schedule. Racecourse staff will continue to wear face coverings at all times.”
A Darlington Borough Council spokesperson said: ‘We do not anticipate a huge impact on the theater as it is a covered room and Covid passes or proof of lateral flow testing will not be required. Our Darlington Racecourse team look forward to welcoming guests to the theater to enjoy the Cinderella family pantomime. Updated Covid security measures are now in place and customers will be required to wear a face covering (over 11 years of age) when visiting, except when exempted or while eating or drinking. ”
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Annabel Turpin, General Manager and Artistic Director of Arc – Stockton Arts Center, said: “The most important thing for us is to ensure the safety of clients and staff. We have maintained the wearing of the mask as a requirement at CRA since our reopening, so welcome the government’s introduction of mandatory masks for venues, as it makes it easier for us to strengthen.
âLikewise, we understand why Covid passports are needed for larger events. Most of our upcoming shows are seated with capacities below the passport threshold, but we will be asking guests coming to our Kilkenny Wildcats Christmas concerts to show their passports at the entrance as we are expecting an audience of over 500 people. every night and this is an event in its own right. Again, this makes it safer for everyone, so we’re happy to implement it.
âOne thing we have noticed is that a lot of people think that Covid passports are only available to people who have been doubly vaccinated.
“They are also available to people who have had a negative PCR test or lateral flow test within the last 48 hours, provided they have recorded the result on the gov.uk website. This means that we do not not restrict entry to people who have been vaccinated, as a negative test result will also allow entry. ”
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Helen Fussell of Northern Stage said: âWe have continued to go beyond guidelines throughout the pandemic to keep our audiences, artists and staff safe.
“Security measures include wearing face masks, paperless ticketing, contactless payments in the coffee bar, increased cleaning, hand sanitizing stations and the Northern Stage at Home offering – a digital broadcast. continuously for the public who would prefer to watch at home All of our staff take side-by-side flow test measurements on a regular basis and we encourage the public to do the same.
“As a seated room with a capacity of less than 500, customers will not need to show vaccine passports, but from tomorrow face masks become mandatory, so we are in the process of letting our staff know. customers what to expect when they visit and what we are doing to keep everyone safe. We will continue to monitor our COVID-19 security measures and update our procedures in accordance with any new directives or government requirements. ”
Lena Moss, Director of Sales and Marketing at Tyne Theater and Opera House, said: âThe Plan B Covid rules will not affect the customer experience too much for those who visit the Tyne Theater & Opera House during the Panto season and beyond. In accordance with current guidelines. , no one will be required to present a Covid pass, vaccination status or proof of negative test as a condition of entry to our room; however, all clients aged 11 and over will be legally required to wear a mask in the Theater, except when eating / drinking in their place and those who are legally exempt.
“The safety and well-being of our public and staff continues to be our top priority and we encourage anyone with specific questions or concerns to contact us directly.”
A spokesperson for ATG Tickets, which works with The Stockton Globe and The Sunderland Empire, said: âWe have asked our audience to show a Covid pass at all ATG locations since we reopened anyway, so the only change from this week’s announcement is that we are now demanding face masks rather than asking for them.
âFollowing the government’s announcement on Wednesday, December 8, and as part of the Ambassador Theater Group’s commitment to keeping everyone safe in our theaters, we will continue to ask all members of the adult audience to prove their Covid-19 status with either their Covid Pass (in the NHS app or printed) or proof of a negative PCR / lateral flow test. Customers and staff will also be required, unless otherwise specified, to wear a face covering in our room. ”
Alison Clark, Durham County Council Culture, Sport and Tourism Manager, said: âThe safety of our customers and staff is our top priority. People will not need a Covid passport to visit our theaters as they are seated venues. However, all people who visit our venues, including the Empire Theater, must wear a face covering, unless exempted, which may be for medical reasons or if they are under the age of 11.
âIn addition to the face covers, we have hand sanitizers around the building that visitors can use and people are also encouraged to have regular lateral flow tests, even if they are not showing symptoms. This is especially the case if you are around people you would not normally socialize with.
“We would like to reassure people that the Empire Theater is very open for business and that a warm welcome and memorable experiences await all who visit it.”
Darlington Arena, Utilita Arena, Theater Royal Newcastle, Middlesbrough Town Hall and Princess Alexandra Auditorium have been contacted for comment.
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