Pub owners Shelly and Martin Jones have applied the rules to The Minerva Inn in order to protect their older, more vulnerable regulars. As her daughter has not received a vaccine, Ms Jones insisted she will not be subject to any special treatment and will be blocked from entering until she does. Indeed, Mr Jones supported the decision and claimed it had been justified as the pub wants to protect its clientele.
Speaking to ITV, Ms Jones said: “I’ve even had to turn away my own daughter – she hasn’t had any jabs yet.
“She turned up at the door and I was like ‘sorry you can’t come in’.
“I know it doesn’t stop it spreading, I know you can still catch it and pass it on
– but my old man sat in the back room is 90 and if some 18-year-old comes in and cuddles him on the way through, which they do after drinks have been taken on, I know I’ve done everything to keep him safe.”
Under current guidelines for businesses, they are no longer required to collect customer details under NHS Test and Trace.
It is up to the discretion of the pub to require customers to show proof of vaccination.
The Government will roll out domestic vaccine passports for larger venues such as nightclubs later this month.
Businesses can choose to use the NHS Covid Pass currently.
The Government has refused to rule out using the vaccine pass beyond larger venues.
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“It isn’t going to be 100 percent accurate, but it’s more of a certainty than not being jabbed at all.”
“I know one person has said it was discrimination, which it might be, but I’ve looked into it legally, and as long as there is an objective justification to doing it, you can legally do it.
“It’s only a temporary measure, there’s a justification for it, it’s for the welfare of the customers and the welfare of the staff.
“I don’t like turning people away, but our regulars are the ones who turn up week in week out, and they’ve supported us throughout the pandemic.
“They’re also the ones who were concerned about getting Covid, so we wanted to look after them.
“This is a short-term measure, and I’ll change things when the figures start coming down properly, but as things stand the actual Covid rates are still relatively high.”