The UK is currently debating, with some resistance, the rollout of a COVID passport before customers can access venues. There are arguments for both sides, with pubs, sports venues and restaurants trying to protect their business after severe log-term closures, and customers complaining that it would violates people’s civil liberties.
Here is a sample of the debates in the UK over the COVID passport:
- UK Ministers work together on plans for COVID 19 vaccine passports – Lisa add link to sentence – msn.com/en-gb/news/world/uk-ministers-work-together-on-plans-for-covid-19-vaccine-passports-which-could-be-accepted-across-four-nation/ar-BB1f3xd5?ocid=uxbndlbing
- Covid vaccine passports need to be considered top Scottish advisor says Lisa add link to sentence – msn.com/en-gb/health/medical/covid-vaccine-passports-need-to-be-considered-top-scottish-advisor-says/ar-BB1f2ONS?ocid=uxbndlbing
Australia has had less of a COVID problem, but discussions remain active about a similar roll out of proof of COVID vaccinations on state or federal government apps.
But the USA has come up with a new one altogether with Comedian Dave Chappelle requiring ticket holders heading to his two June performances at Foxwoods Resort Casino to pass COVID-19 antigen tests, the casino confirmed Tuesday.
Tickets to the scheduled shows in June have ticket prices ranging from $99 to $349 that will include the cost of the mandatory testing, according to a Foxwoods spokeswoman.
The theatre will seat 3,600 people for each of the shows, about 91% of its full capacity of 3,959.
“Safety is a top priority and precautions are being implemented to protect fans, artists and staff, referencing current local, state-wide and federal public health guidelines,” Chappelle said Monday in an announcement. “Additionally, each ticket holder will receive a mandatory rapid COVID-19 antigen test prior to entering the venue. Patrons who travelled together to Foxwoods, with negative test results, will be allowed entry; refunds will be available for those households who receive a positive result.”
Antigen tests detect proteins, or antigens, that indicate the presence of COVID-19. They generally are faster and cheaper though less accurate than the more common PCR tests that require sending samples away to a laboratory. The antigen tests to be performed at Foxwoods will involve nasal swabs, according to the Foxwoods spokeswoman, and will yield results within 15 minutes.
Vaccinated ticket holders will not be exempt from the testing.