Pubs will not be forced to ask customers to show “coronavirus passports” when they return to work in May, the Prime Minister will confirm on Monday.
Boris Johnson will also tell the public that they don’t need one to go to restaurants or shops at a press conference on Monday.
However, the controversial passports – or Covid status certificates – are being tested at sporting events, major festivals and nightclubs, and the first events where they will be needed have been announced.
If the trials are successful, a national rollout will begin in June. reports The Mirror.
The certificates are available on paper from your family doctor or digitally in an app.
The first event to test the new certificates will be a sold out appearance at the Hot Water Comedy Club in Liverpool on April 16th.
Fans there must show that they have been vaccinated, are immune from previous exposure or have tested negative.
A positive antibody test in the past six months will be enough to detect previous exposure.
The pace pilot in Liverpool is followed a day later by the Snooker World Championship at Sheffield’s Crucible Theater, then the semi-finals between Leicester City and Southampton FA Cup on April 18th at Wembley.
Whitehall sources couldn’t tell how long the passports would be needed, but they are meant to be temporary.
The Prime Minister will also warn the public not to – yet – book any vacation abroad at the meeting on Monday.
The roadmap for the lockdown and each phase has always been dependent on the Covid-19 situation in the country. It is therefore still too early to be able to say whether May 17th will come into force for the resumption of foreign travel.