UK mulls Covid passport checks for work, weddings, sport events’
London, March 26, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Covid passport checks could be introduced at theatres, football matches, wedding venues and even some workplaces, it has been reported.
Ministers are understood to be looking at using the NHS contact tracing app or creating a new similar version that produces a scannable QR code showing you are Covid safe.
This could include proof of a vaccine, a negative test or having antibodies after recovering from the virus.
According to The Telegraph, checks could be mandated at large events including music festivals like Glastonbury and major sports games like Wembley football finals, though this remains undecided.
Big wedding venues could also be allowed to carry out such checks so that hundreds of people can attend. Vaccinated workers could also use the certificates to prove they are Covid safe after coming into close contact with someone who has the virus.
Builders, cleaners, and electricians are among those who could use the certificates to reassure employers and get business, The Telegraph reports.
Pilot events involving ‘Covid status certification’ checks are expected to be included in trials on how to safely open large events in the coming months. The plan has drawn mixed reaction from industry leaders.
The move would allow for social distancing rules to be scrapped earlier than planned and possibly as soon as May 17, when indoor hospitality is due to reopen, according to The Telegraph.
However, it could face backlash from MPs and others who have ethical concerns about the so-called ‘health certificates’. Critics say the idea is discriminatory and one step away from mandatory vaccination.
But a Government source said: ‘If we didn’t even consider this stuff we would be throwing away the advantage we’ve created for ourselves with the Covid vaccine rollout.
‘This isn’t the first thing we would have reached for but we’ve had to do a lot of difficult things recently.’ The Government has insisted no decision has been made yet amid a review into the idea being led by Cabinet Minister Micheal Gove.
He is due to publish interim findings next month following meetings with business groups, MPs, scientists and people with moral concerns about the idea. Figures involved in those talks have revealed the breadth of what is being considered.