Another month cometh at the Dreadnought and some mighty nights of live music and nightclub action lie ahead.
That's all we should be focusing on, promoting events, reminding those yet to do so to grab a ticket as ever BUT the start of this month it looks like all attention surrounds Covid Status or Passports, the ongoing current mandatory factors we already have to deal with as well as overcoming the ongoing uncertainty. It's getting a tad exhausting if I'm honest. I should mibbey take up brain surgery, rocket science or quantum realm theory as its got to be way easier than running a venue just now.
SO this news update will run over some CURRENT factors we are asking to be adhered to and then the impending Covid Passport.
SO a quick RECAP :
On entry to the club for live events your track and trace is build into the ticket purchase. The relevant details, guests names etc are all there so there is no need to use the NHS track and Trace system as well. For entry to the club for anything else you have to use the NHS Track and Trace system which everyone is happy to do as it's widely used across the nation and in town by many other venues.
MASKS - Still a mandatory requirement unless you have a genuine medical reason not to wear one for ENTRY, MOVING ABOUT and DEFINATELY GOING TO THE BAR which should apply to all bars, venues, restaurants across Scotland.
However we seem to get more and more "A've no been asked anywhere else the night to wear one" "A've no got one" "A've lost it".
Now can I be blunt and say this isn't new, it's been a requirement for nearly a year in ALL hospitality settings. So please don't be offended when we are and will be very blunt when you come out with any of that at the door when you try to enter. Only those with genuine exemptions will be allowed in without a mask so please take this on board as it's getting a bit thin. Thankfully this is perfectly fine for the vast majority but just trying to nip this in the bud so to speak.
We have always tried as hard as possible to take as much risk of transmission away we can with all the measures that we have put in place. Masks are just one thing and why we ask not only for YOUR BENEFIT but ALL OUR STAFF without whom we will not be able to operate or open.
When asked at the bar please don't come up with the same excuses you did at the door again as the bar staff know in order to get in you had a mask on. Just pop it on please.
So if you feel you can't go along with this please don't come. Simple as that.
LATERAL FLOW TESTS - They are not a requirement for entry to the club or live events. We would ask you on a personal level to test before you come but no need to show or bring them with you.
So to COVID PASSPORTS.
Contrary to some information and press reports it STILL comes into effect from 1st October BUT WE won't legally ENFORCED to uphold checks and refuse entry to anyone that doesn't have their covid status arranged yet until 18 October to the NIGHTCLUB but still need to ask for it from Friday 1st at 10pm. Only those who are in the exemption categories won’t have to show proof of vaccinations. (At time of publishing this still to have more precise details other than those who have a medical reason, staff, performers and those on vaccine trials. For a full list please refer to Scot Gov)
Thankfully We have been given a GRACE period to start checks, ask to see your QR codes on your phone or in paper form and remind you that it is actually now in force WITHOUT REFUSING ENTRY AT THIS TIME. This is also a period for you to get organised for the weeks ahead. Basically so we can all sort our shit out and come up with a compliance plan.
The main message for now is get your covid status app or downloads sorted asap as it looks very much like Scot Gov are forging ahead with this and we will have no choice legally to check and refuse entry after 18 October.
We know it is still a very hot topic and causing massive uncertainty with days or hours to go before the introduction which we are very opposed to for the very same reasons the Night Time Industry Association are lodging legal proceedings this week. Sadly the legal challenge failed so have no choice to introduce it to PART of our night within the club as I said above.
One way or another it will just hurt a very fragile industry and business also cause more division despite cases falling just as quick as they went up.
It certainly doesn’t help the new app to have your status on your phone was or may still be causing problems and also requires identification verification thro a driving license or passport. After several attempts this on Thursday night and early Friday I have managed to set it up. So be patient if you can but far from ideal so thank fekk for the grace period.
Over 3.8 million Scots have had two doses of the vaccine and a very high percentage of the population 18 plus (nearly 85%), HOWEVER we got some interesting info that approx only 600,000 had downloaded a copy of their original vaccine status so far or had it posted out OR in my case both. Lets err on the side of safety and say it's a million. So without the use of a calculator that's a fekking massive amount of folk needing to wait on the postman for Friday 1st October or possibly waiting on the untested covid status app on Thursday working. Granted not all of the 2 or 3 million will be all going to the fitba, theatres, large events and even to our humble wee club but I'm not quite seeing it working. Can you ? Also no mention yet exactly who can be exempt from this and how it will be managed for them. It's simply unfair and not proportional.
So to what we actually know from the information published on Thur 23rd Sept and more details on Tues 28th that we constantly have to go hunting for by the way. We don't get told it's published we have to go check for these things fyi.
Based on the publications as of 28/9/21 :
FOR LIVE EVENT NO COVID STATUS will be requested for ANY of our live shows on the lower level. However there is always a kick in the nuts that I'll get to in a second that comes in the form of a time limit. Yup another bonkers time limit forced upon the industry.
Our live shows are under 500 capacity (the whole venue capacity is under that btw) also that the conclude before MIDNIGHT which according to the published guidance will be fine:
For venues that meet these criteria, the person responsible for operating the premises will be under a legal obligation to take all reasonable measures to ensure that, after midnight, only customers who are fully vaccinated or exempt are on the premises.
SO with most leaving after the gig we would only have to reasonably take measures to ensure that after the live show only customers that are fully vaccinated or exempt are on premises at the stroke of midnight UPSTAIRS which technically meets all of the criteria of being a nightclub - sorry late night venue that has drink, dancing and open late or as we call it somewhere to enjoy themselves.
We will have to come up with a compliance plan to remind you at midnight what you need to do. I'm afraid that it looks like after the gig IF you want to go upstairs for a wee bit you can but only to midnight if you cannot show vaccine status then potentially leave. Please don't shoot the messenger we don't make the rules and the last thing we want as it’s been part of our set up for over a decade.
FOR ENTRY from 10pm for NIGHTCLUB ENTRY APPLICABLE TO BOTH LEVELS via main or side entrance (dependant on live event).
From 1st Oct we will start checking visually, and asking you to show we might even attempt to use the useless scanner app also reminding you all that Covid Passports are NOW REQUIRED BUT won't be refusing you entry just yet as we get used to this mayhem.
From 18 October as it stands we will require covid status to be show for entry to the NIGHTCLUB from 10pm. If you don't have it arranged to be viewed or scanned or are exempt then you will be refused entry I'm afraid which is the very last thing we need or want.
Now for what we would normally be doing and let you know about some cracking events coming up also our HALLOWEEN 2021 PARTY.
1st - THE SIGNS
2nd - GUNS or ROSES
8th - TOO LATE TO ATONE
9th - SIMPLE MINDED - Simple Minds Tribute
15th - LED ASTRAY - Led Zeppelin Tribute
16th - VOLTS - AC/DC Tribute
22nd - THE GREIG TAYLOR BAND
23th - ANCHOR LANE plus support
28th - AIRFORCE, MEDUSA TOUCH plus support
29th - THE PETTY HEARTBREAKERS - Tom Petty Tribute
30th - HALLOWEEN PARTY
As mentioned earlier all our live events do not require covid status to be show BUT due to the nature of our Halloween Party we will require it to be shown and checked from 7pm I'm afraid as it would just be unworkable otherwise as we know that majority of those attending the early part of the night are likely still to be partying past midnight.
We have sold the FIRST allocation of tickets out in good time but knew this passport status could have an effect so IF ANYONE cannot provide their status by 30th October please get in touch as we will refund your tickets.
As I said we don't want this but looks like we have no option.
I would say to hang on to 18th October to see how the legal challenges etc all work out before emailing the firstname.lastname@example.org