New ‘Plan B’ Covid rules for nightclubs and outdoor events to be explained in webinar

December 16, 2021
A webinar to help Bath businesses with the new Covid rules, including checking the Covid-19 status of customers, is to be staged next week.
Hosted by Bath & North East Somerset Council (B&NES) with Bath Business Improvement District (BID), it is primarily aimed at operators of nightclubs and other venues which are now required to have conditions of entry. 

The event, on Tuesday December 21 at 11am, will also give information about the help and support available to businesses in the area while gauging how the new ‘Plan B measures brought in this week are impacting them.
All businesses in B&NES council area are welcome to attend whether or not they are Bath BID levy payers.
The council’s public health and public protection teams will take part in a Q&A session as part of the webinar. Questions can be emailed in advance to info@bathbid.couk.
Cabinet member for children, young people, communities and culture, Cllr Dine Romero, said: “The council is here to support local business through this challenging time and to ensure that staff and customers are protected as the Covid figures rise. 
“We are writing directly to 200 businesses and members of the hospitality industry and are ensuring that our public health messages support their needs. 
“This webinar will be an opportunity to discuss how the public health measures designed to curb the spread of the virus are working.”
Bath BID chief executive Allison Herbert added: “We are inviting local business to tell us how the new regulations have impacted them during the first busy weekend – what is going well and what is difficult to manage. 
“All the feedback from the meeting will be added to the lobbying activity currently being undertaken by Visit West and Bath BID to central government.”
Since yesterday (Wednesday) the NHS Covid Pass – or equivalent proof of vaccination or testing – must be used as a condition of entry at the following venues and events:
Nightclubs, dance halls and discos
Other late night dance venues which are open at any time between 1am and 5am, serve alcohol, have a dance floor (or space for dancing) and provide live or recorded music for dancing
Indoor events with 500 or more attendees that stand or move around for all or part of the event, such as music venues with standing audiences or large receptions
Outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees who are likely to stand or move around for all or part of the event, such as outdoor festivals
Indoor and outdoor events with 10,000 or more attendees, such as large sports and music events
Anyone aged 18 or over wishing to enter these venues must have proof that they have been vaccinated with two doses of an approved vaccine or taken a PCR or rapid lateral flow test within the last 48 hours (unless they are exempt).
More information on checking Covid-19 status can be found on the government website.
The latest information and advice on working safely and help for businesses can be found on the council’s website.
Businesses can join the Zoom meeting using this link
The webinar will be recorded and published online on the Bath BID’s YouTube channel.

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