Friday, 15 October 2021

The last weekend of the Grace Period on covid Passports for nightclub entry.

 

Hi everyone.

This week’s news UPDATE - Sorry it’s also a biggie in length. OOooeer Mrs.

Firstly, a massive thanks to all who have been into any gig since the start of July also more recently when the shackles were released a bit more where we got back to full capacity. Also, to those who chose to come along and rock to 3am once again. You guys are helping keep the lights on. Bravo to you all and to all the bands who for the first time in hundreds and hundreds of days came back and played. It’s been hard fought and utterly brilliant.

We have more superb events coming up before the end of the month in shape of LED ASTRAY, UK/DC, GREIG TAYLOR BAND, ANCHOR LANE, AIRFORCE, MEDUSA TOUCH, PETTY HEARTBREAKERS and NIGHTFLY at HALLOWEEN. Some are selling really well and others really need that wee bit extra effort if coming along to nab a ticket noo or even just share the event on to someone who might fancy it if you don’t.

It’s still mega important to show you are coming for future shows, more now than ever before and still to buy an advance ticket. It helps work out staff, stock (which is a pain in the nuts getting) and even if an event will be viable enough for a band that may have to travel hundreds of miles to be with us rather than a hope and prayer that people will come.

Next is a wee reminder again that all the news, updates, gig listings, event info, tickets and customer guidance is all on the WEBSITE 24/7. If there are tickets available, they will be there to buy. If they have ran oot then a waiting list to get first dibs on will appear. What time we are open to, what’s the stage times……..etc etc etc. I make sure that all the info is all there to assist and answer all these questions in advance. So if I could ask it for it to be the first port of call for info you need that would be appreciated. There is a high probability it’s there somewhere.

The website also has a customer guidance download to help explain things such as TRACK and TRACE and the WEARING OF FACE COVERINGS to help reduce the risk of transmission to both you and STAFF - without whom we wouldn't be able to open properly. So when asked please wear one especially when going to the bar. For those persistently and blatantly refusing to pop a mask on we can refuse service. 

As the website is now 17 years old kinda thought that would be the automatic choice over social media where many things can be easily missed….mibbey including this update………

Now to the problem child that’s been annoying us since early September. The elephant in the room. The doomsday device, yup - Covid Passports, Vaccine Status or whatever you want to call them. For us it’s mainly words with loads of swearing.

As I’ve mentioned many times, we ain’t happy with it and still think it’s unfair not only to those who have chosen not to take the vaccine coming in to the club IF THEY WISH, to those who can’t get the vaccine due to medial reasons but to everyone who had been single or double jagged already needing to get their status all sorted after stepping up to do their bit to look after themselves now to prove they have had 2 jags, to others and reduce but not completely stop the risk of transmission.

It’s no big deal many will argue. You are correct, it isn’t. But many still aren’t, won’t or can’t get their status and that’s the issue we face as we need to see proof from 18th October to allow entry from 10pm to the NIGHTCLUB.

So this weekend of 15 and 16th Oct is the last weekend of the grace period so won't be refused entry. 

Please bear with me while I explain further and potentially catastrophic in the very near future.

First of all, the main point Scot Gov made for introducing this was to drive up vaccine uptake, but no mention to what level. We are currently at 85% (3.8 million people) double and 90% (over 4 million people) single jagged. So when the singles catch up to as near as damn 90%, possibly a fraction more of the Scottish adult population will be fully vaccinated according to reports and information widely available. That’s a lot. 9 out of 10 people are fully vaccinated. But will that be plenty ? Some will have had a booster as well in weeks ahead so now triple jagged.

No one can answer it or when the need for showing you are fully vaccinated diminishes to just going overseas and not for any domestic setting no matter what season we are in. I would say we are already there as you will never get 100% for a voluntary vaccine but as according to another report I read only 700,000 people away from that. For the record I’m fully vaccinated and have all three proofs.  There was also a mention that this will allow nightclubs to remain open in the winter period ?  Well, I have to say when I tell you our worries that doesn’t really come into it as we will be lucky to get thro the next period with this in place without a lot of assistance in more ways than one.

For you see from start of October when this became mandatory to check on entry, we luckily have had a grace period where we wouldn’t be legally obliged to refuse entry to anyone who didn’t have their status yet, know they needed it or couldn’t get a copy of their vaccine status yet thro the fully and rigorously tested app that came out with hours to spare to the deadline or simply for the postie bringing it to you.  

As going to the Dread can be spontaneous, few beers with mates and group of friends – lets go to the Dread. Ring any bells. Magic times but hang on has everyone pre-planned their night with military precision now. Thought every detail thro and checked everyone else they might bump into when out has too ? Has everyone got their covid status. Probably naw. So what then ? Probably every one not coming in that group? That's only something you can answer.

The checks we carried out in the last two weeks would only allow about 25% of those who came to get in as they had their status with them. So worryingly 75% of those we know will most likely be double jagged would have got turned away or we would be prosecuted or fined or indeed dragged thro the streets behind a horse like in the olden days for letting you in. Either way this will be catastrophic to business through no fault of our own if these levels remain. Take away all the political nonsense, the lack of actual reason and proof this will work, the simple numbers mean it will cripple an industry that has barely been open 5-6 weeks after being closed for a very long time.  

More so when I read that approx half a million had managed to get the app to work to date and about the same again have paper or downloaded their status. So that’s a million give or take. Even with some rough Blackburn maths that’s only about a quarter of the nearly 4 million that should be double jagged soon.  As we are being asked to check 100% of those who enter after 10pm for entry to the nightclub you will now see why being able to stay open doesn’t come into it. Woo hoo we can stay open to turn away the vast majority of our customers. That’s magic. Getting dragged down the street behind a hoard of anything sounds like a decent option now.

So when we say it’s unfair it applies to all of us and just the tip of the iceberg. Those who canny get in because they can’t prove they are fully vaccinated but we know they are with simple probability (see you should have listened in Maths at school now) and those who would love to who also canny as they decided not to take the vaccine as is their choice.

So… yeah I know another “so” ………as it stands after 18th October when we are legally enforced to refuse entry to anyone without proof of vaccination or proof of exemption that are being sent direct to those who clinically are unable to get a vaccine then, we in no uncertain terms will be humped UNLESS way more get their status sorted asap that intend coming along to rock with us in the nightclub and also from 7pm at our Halloween Party and beyond.

Thankfully this carry on still won’t apply to our gigs on the lower level as the live music wraps up before the midnight deadline set out in the amazing set of parameters that details when a vaccine status check have to be done. The Link to the guidance is down a wee bit FYI. 

We have also asked and had confirmed by our local environmental dept on a wee grey issue we came up with where anyone who stays on after the gig to talk to the band, buy Merch or have a beer with them which passes midnight is ok as it’s happens a fair amount with people enjoying themselves a wee bit longer….but as long as you don’t go upstairs. Will you turn into a gremlin if you do….no we need to check your passport but staying downstairs we don’t.

This only applies to those who came to the gig btw, not for those coming to the nightclub from 10pm. Still with me ? Good. It’s because downstairs doesn’t have a designated dance floor or area before you ask and no you can’t just opt to stay downstairs when coming in after 10pm. We checked.. No we can’t say upstairs doesn’t have a designated dance floor either btw.

So now you know where our worries are coming from.  

We are damned if we do and damned if we don’t.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO READ THE SCOT GOVGUIDANCE ON THIS

Now to end on a cheery note we are still working away (very hard) on the new ladies loos downstairs. Many won’t have a fooking clue what we are on about so let me recap quickly. We are re-locating the ladies and accessible loos away from the stage downstairs to make the live experience another bit better, make stage a wee bit bigger, easier for the girls to get to the loo instead of having to nip upstairs at busy nights also assist on stage logistics and set up.

Where will they be ? Into the car park…..well not quite but close. Something we have been planning before the pesky covid came along and sadly has been slow going since start of this year to get everything going. We aren’t putting a completion date on it and not entirely sure how we christen them……not with champagne anyway as it’s not a boat. When done you’ll know but getting there now.

So…..lol I know….so if you could help where you can in next period it would be greatly appreciated.

Whether you can share a social media post about a gig, buy a ticket, wear your mask to go to the bar or make sure you get your vaccine status sorted to come out then you will help keep us rocking into 2022 and 50 years of the Dread.

Oh talking of which Hogmanay details coming soon and festive openings.

As you can tell it’s been a little busy lately.