UK Scraps 'Vaccine Passport' Requirement Plans for Pubs & Restaurants
Prime Minister Boris Johnson shuts down controversial plan
The UK has scrapped plans to require people to produce a "vaccine passport" before entering pubs and restaurants.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson shut down the controversial proposal before the hospitality industry soon begins to gradually reopen as lockdown restrictions ease.
However, from June 21, entry to larger venues, such as theatres, cinemas, and sports venues, will require people to prove they are COVID-19 negative.
The proof will be handled by a new app, soon to be launched by Britain's public-funded National Health Service (NHS).
The NHS app will confirm that a person has either had the jab, recently tested negative, or recovered from the coronavirus within the last six months.
The government insists that the proof requirements will only be "temporary."
Previously, Mr. Johnson had indicated that people may have to provide vaccine certificates to gain entry to pubs in England, according to The Express.
But a Government source told The Times:
“Pubs, restaurants, and non-essential retail won’t be required to introduce certification.”
Ministers have also decided that people will not have to have vaccine passports for shops, public transport or to use other public services.
Vaccine passports have proved a contentious issue for the prime minister and attracted fierce criticism from all political sides.
Critics claim that they are an infringement and threat to civil liberties.
Labor peer and human rights activist, Baroness Chakrabarti, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program:
“It’s one thing to have a passport to travel internationally, that is a privilege, even a luxury, but participation in local community life is a fundamental right.”
She added: “To introduce two queues at the cinema, two queues at the football stadium going forward, is to introduce checkpoint Britain that so many of us just do not want.”
The former head of Liberty continued: “It’s a recipe for bullying, it’s a recipe for corruption, it’s a recipe for discrimination and it’s not what we sacrificed so much for as a community over the past year.”