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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Hospitality stakeholders unhappy that tickets are required for nightclub access

Late-night hospitality stakeholders have expressed discontent with newly published guidelines that requires individuals attending a nightclub to have a ticket.

The guidelines, which were published yesterday evening, stated, “Ticketing is required, for the purposes of contact tracing, for all nightclubs and venues and will be the subject of regulations to be put in place next week,”.

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The Licensed Vintners Association (LVA), the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) and the Music and Entertainment Association of Ireland (MEAI) announced their rejection of the proposed ticketing requirement yesterday evening.

Many guidelines were welcomed by stakeholders following yesterday’s meetings, however, ticketing requirements were not welcomed as broadly.

According to Sunil Sharpe of the Give Us The Night Campaign, the ticketing requirement was suggested earlier this week but was thrown out because “it was a bad idea, but now back on the table at the very last minute today”.

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Describing the guidelines as “completely flawed”, Sharpe added, “Why? What need is there for it if everything else, like contact tracing, is being done? We haven’t even opened yet and this is the level of trust we’re shown,”.

The VFI that this requirement will lead to an increase in public order incidents “as large ticketless crowds gather outside clubs”.

MEAI responded to the guidelines by tweeting that the decision was a “total betrayal”.

The LVA described the guidelines as “completely unmanageable”.

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