Vaccine Passports for Session Pubs…
"Here in Scotland", The Parish Cooncil are presently having a debate about introducing vaccine passports or similar for certain venues and events.
It’s very likely to pass even although most of the Opposition parties are against it.
Personally, I don’t think it’s a bad idea and, in most cases, it won’t affect me as I don’t usually bother going to large sporting events nor large "standing" music concerts. My night club days are over too, although this could still be an issue as I’ll discuss here…
The latter scenario re "night clubs" is a little problematic, in my view. The Scottish Govt intend to come to a decision as to what a "night club" is, albeit after the vote has already taken place!
So, this may include large pubs which feature music especially if they are open late.
Most session pubs won’t fall into this category but some of the larger ones might.
Also, sessions at folk festivals and the like can get very busy with lots of people "mingling" and "carrying on". Admittedly, it’s more often the punters than the musicians who do this but the latter can be quite wild too at times when they are "off duty". 🙂
Therefore, I would argue that some sessions or venues(at least) fall into the category whereby they could be considered to be treated in the same way as night clubs.
Of course, it is possible that pubs which feature our kind of music could and should continue to be strict and I would be in favour of this. However, a vaccine passport/covid test requirement would also allow them to be more relaxed and have more people through the doors.
Personally, I’m happy to show some form of proof of vaccination but I’d prefer to have paper documentation. Although I own a "smart phone" and I’m quite capable of downloading the QR code or whatever, I’d rather not do this out of principle…. :-|
Anyway, how do you all feel about this? Would you agree that some session scenarios might require proof of vaccination and would you all be quite happy about this? For good or ill, I think this is the way things are going whether we like it or not and it will probably get even stricter in the future.