Watching the Irish band, one of the most exciting live acts to emerge for quite some time, strut their stuff was a beautiful thing. It didn’t hurt that any anxiety I felt about attending the show was greatly reduced through the venue requiring proof of Covid status.
In practice, that means a vaccination pass via the NHS app or a registered negative test. This inevitably produced queues outside. But they were good natured. Queueing is something the British are good at, and we’re getting a lot of practice.
“Ally Pally” is not alone in asking for proof of Covid status alongside your ticket. It’s common among larger venues, and increasingly medium sized ones too. The Roundhouse has just added a Covid status requirement. The Royal Albert Hall has been performing spot checks. I needed it to take my daughter to Frozen the Musical. It is in place for the various Comic-Con conventions up and down the country. Ditto tonight’s New Order show at London’s O2.
“We have a responsibility to make fans feel comfortable and instil customer confidence when visiting our venue, so we continue to have the COVID Pass in place. We plan to regularly review the measure in line with the prevailing guidance and our risk assessments,” the O2 told me.
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