Unvaccinated Australians can be banned from participating in arts events, including plays, concerts and music festivals to stop super spread.
Prominent art and music figures are pushing for a ‘no jab, no entry’ policy in an effort to save one of the industries hardest hit by the pandemic.
Vaccine passports could be trialled and introduced immediately once enough of the population has the shot to make it viable.
Promoters Live Nation, Chugg Entertainment and Andrew Macmanus, major industry groups, theater giant Marriner Group and bar-tsar James Young are some of the prominent figures supporting the policy.
Unvaccinated Australians may be banned from concerts, theatres, festivals and AFL matches
They claim vaccine passports are essential to the survival of the music and arts industry after theater and music venues took the biggest hit during Melbourne’s five lockdowns, with crowd and public bans from continuing for another two weeks.
Vaccination passports, which have already been introduced in many overseas countries, provide an entry pass for people who can prove that they have been vaccinated.
Live Nation Asia-Pacific President Roger Field said the “no jab, no entry” policy abroad has proved “very effective.”
“We need to work with the government and try these and other initiatives here so that the industry can get back on its feet,” he said. the Herald Sun.
Australian music pioneer Michael Chugg believes vaccination is the only way out of the pandemic for an industry trying to survive as tours are canceled or rescheduled weekly.
“Vaccine passports need to come,” he said.
A ‘no jab, no entry’ policy could be introduced in an effort to save the art industry that suffered during the Covid-19 pandemic
“If everyone doesn’t agree on this, we’ll just continue with this c**p.”
According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Australian music industry lost $700 million last year, a 39 percent contraction.
With vaccinations being offered to more Australians, some residents may be denied access to certain locations and services if they are not vaccinated.
Prominent music promoter Andrew Macmanus told The Herald Sun that he also supported the vaccine passport idea, suggesting that those who disagree “don’t come to the concert.” standing outside’.
Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has already indicated he is discussing more freedoms for residents, including access to major events, if they are fully vaccinated.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison also welcomed the idea by working on the rollout of a digital vaccine certificate, announcing last week that he would grant states the power to enforce vaccination regulations in locations.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has highlighted discussions about whether only vaccinated AFL fans can attend games as a wider initiative to encourage getting the jab
Unvaccinated sports fans may also be banned from attending matches as stadiums become super-distributed events leading to Covid outbreaks.
Andrews said vaccinated fans being able to attend matches are part of a wider initiative to encourage people to get the shot.
“Once we have many, many more people with the shot, we can have a discussion about what that might mean for them, freedom of movement, changes that deal with some of the risks that we face,” he said.
The MCG becomes a high-risk exposure site with thousands of people at risk after a fan infected with the highly contagious Delta strain watched an AFL game.
The supporter then took the virus to Phillip Island in regional Victoria, wreaking havoc on the local community.
They said ‘everything is on the table’ as far as introducing vaccination requirements for anyone going to sporting events in the future, while also discussing negative tests before match day.