Doing the rounds for the government this morning, culture secretary Oliver Dowden also said that coronavirus “certificates”, were being considered as a way of getting people back to larger events, such as this summer’s football matches, “in significant numbers”.
He told Sky News:
From June 21, if all goes to plan in the way that I described, we hope to get people back in significant numbers. We’re piloting the different things that will enable that to happen – clearly it will have to be done in a Covid-secure way.
You would expect, and we will be testing these things, things like one-way systems, things like masks, things like hand hygiene and everything else.
Another thing that we are considering is a Covid certification, and we will be testing whether we can use Covid certification to help facilitate the return of sports.”
He added that final decisions had not yet been made and that he was working with Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove, who is leading a review on this.
Last month, the prime minister Boris Johnson took a balanced view to the issue of so-called vaccine passports. He said the UK “cannot be discriminatory” against those unable to take a Covid vaccine and noted the “deep and complex issues” over banning people who have not had the jab. However, he was mindful that other countries appeared to be going ahead with such plans.