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Boozy Brits show vaccine passports and paint town red amid Plan B restrictions

Boozy Brits proudly showed off their vaccine passports as partygoers hit the town on the first night for new coronavirus restrictions.

Double-jabbed revellers didn't let the new restrictions put them off painting the town red as they sported festive clobber and hit the pubs and clubs despite rising fears over the Omicron variant.

The vaccine passport currently requires all those attending certain venues to be double-jabbed or have a negative test result in the last 48 hours.

But that will change to having two jabs, as well as a Covid-19 booster, within the next few weeks.

The passports, shown via an app, are needed to get into nightclubs, indoor unseated venues with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people, and any venue with more than 10,000 people.

It means punters who have not been vaccinated cannot go for a pint in a busy pub or hit the clubs unless they take a lateral flow or PCR test and reporting the result on the NHS website, have had a positive test in the past six months and have finished self-isolating, or have an exemption.

Getting in the festive mood, people were pictured across the country using the app to gain entry to the pubs, bars and clubs.

One reveller in Manchester told the Manchester Evening News that bringing in Covid passports is “a bit unfair” as it could result in people feeling “forced” into getting a jab.

She said: “I feel okay with showing my Covid pass this evening, especially at such a big venue where so many people are mixing from all over.

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“I have had both my jabs so I have no issue with showing a pass because I would have always gotten vaccinated anyway.

“I haven't been out for months, this is the first time I have been out in a long time and knowing that everyone has had their jabs or shown a test result makes me feel better.

“I was not even sure tonight would be going ahead because of the rise in cases and all the uncertainty.

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“It is a bit unfair that places will need to ask for the Covid pass because it could make some people feel forced to get the jab when it should be a choice.

“People will feel backed into a corner I think.”

One football club took a novel approach to the rules, as Carlisle United closed one stand in its ground, which culled its total capacity to 9,999 – one short of requiring punters to need to show vaccine passports.

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"There will be no requirement to show vaccination status or a recent negative test to enter the stadium and come to games," the club said.

And Luton Town issued a statement to say that, while its physical attendance for home games this season has seen fewer than 9,000 fans attend games, no passports will be needed at its Kenilworth Road ground.

The club also said that the last time it had more than 10,000 people attend a game was "almost 30 years ago".

There has been calls from the hospitality sector for more Government support, but, so far, those calls have fallen on deaf ears as the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, was spotted in California this week, The Mirror reports.

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