Owners of a popular club have announced its closure due to their objection to Covid passes.
Creature Sound, based in Bethesda Street, Swansea, said it will be closing its doors on Bethesda Street for good on January 1 next year, after being put in ‘an impossible position’ by the Welsh Government’s Covid regulations for clubs, which they say will create a ‘second class of citizen who will lose basic freedoms as a result of not complying’.
The closure will mark the end of five years of the live music venue, which took over the former martial arts centre, Ken Bu Kan, and which provides use of its showers to the homeless.
The venue is run by Kaz and Allen Chambers.
Kaz Chambers said: “We have always prided ourselves on being an equal opportunities space, and we have staff and patrons who are both vaccinated and unvaccinated.
“The guidance allows for testing and self-declaration but also suggests those options will be phased out.
“If these restrictions and rules continue it will create two classes of people; those who are vaccinated and those who haven’t which in the coming months will mean those who have had it but need a booster, creating a second class of citizens who will lost basic freedoms as a result of not complying.
“On the flip side, those who do comply will gain privileges. We believe this will ensue for every batch of booster needed in the future as more variants and vaccine waning continues. We can already see examples of this in action in other countries across the world. To say it won’t happen here seems like denial.
“We cannot be part of any scheme or programme or group of businesses that will allow discriminatory rules to be used on our fellow citizens.
“We are not arguing about vaccine validity or whether loved ones should have it. We are arguing against the consequences of what may occur further down the line if this system of punishments and privileges is allowed to continue unchecked.”
The club’s decision comes after another city centre venue voiced opposition to the Covid passport scheme – and defied a closure order after refusing to comply.
Cinema & Co last week said it would be making a stand against the new measures which came into force earlier this month, and apply to cinemas, theatres and concert halls.
It was closed down by council officers on Thursday, but reopened in defiance of the closure order the following day.
Kaz Chambers, who voiced her support for Cinema & Co, added: “This is not a decision we have taken lightly.
“A month or two ago it would have been a completely different story.
“We had wanted to make the building available for the community and had been building up a team to take it over, and they have been doing an amazing job.
“But we are just not comfortable under these conditions and are very tired and have taken the decision to pull out.”
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