A recent study has revealed that 67% of gig-loving fans are in favour of rules surrounding mask wearing and vaccinations against COVID-19 at concerts. 

The report from MusicWatch revealed that two thirds of music fans surveyed believed that venues should have rules and regulations in place that call for mask wearing and proof of vaccination against COVID.

Of the 753 fans surveyed for the study, 70% said they were already double vaccinated with the number increasing to 80% for those that have attended a concert since 2019. 

This is opposed to the 20% of fans surveyed being unvaccinated, with 29% of these fans saying they would not attend a venue if vaccine requirements were in place, while just 27% of them believed that implementing vaccine and mask mandates is a good idea. 

In the UK, Scotland and Wales have introduced a vaccine passport in order for fans to attend gigs, theatres, nightclubs and live events. 

England scrapped plans for a similar scheme in September. 

Scotland’s vaccine scheme came into play on October 1 while Wales implemented the system from October 11. Members of the Senedd (MS) in Wales voted in favour of vaccine passports 27-28, though this was scrutinised by the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) as a Conservative MS was unable to vote due to technical difficulties. 

When the idea of vaccine passports was introduced in Wales, First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “The last thing we want is further lockdowns and for businesses to have to close their doors once again. That’s why we must take small but meaningful action now to control the spread of the virus and reduce the need for tougher measures later.” 

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