Is a Covid passport required for the pub? New government rules have been released.
As the country nears the end of its path out of lockdown, the government has given fresh instructions for hospitality establishments on how to use coronavirus passports. Is a Covid passport required for the pub?
According to the most recent lockdown easing guidance, pubs, restaurants, and nightclubs should consider requiring patrons to produce their Covid passports before entering. “Consider using the NHS Covid pass to limit the risk of transmission at your location or event,” the paper says.
The government will also “work with organizations who operate large, crowded environments (for example, nightclubs) where people are expected to be in close contact to a significant number of persons from other homes to employ the NHS Covid pass as a condition of entry,” according to the document.
Venues should show “social responsibility” by using domestic Covid passports, which can be accessible through the NHS Covid pass app, according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Proof of double vaccination, a recent negative test, or natural immunity is displayed in the app.
Conservative MPs and hoteliers have reacted angrily to the recommendations.
“I am really amazed that, considering what the Prime Minister and Michael Gove have stated in the past about ID cards, they are proceeding this quickly down this really rather dreadful path,” said Steve Baker, deputy chairman of the Covid Recovery Group of lockdown-sceptic Tories.
Following a select committee of MPs and a Cabinet Office consultation “acknowledging that this was a very difficult thing to implement in a domestic hospitality setting,” Kate Nicholls, the chief executive of the industry body UKHospitality, said the guidance for pubs and restaurants was “disappointing.”
Ministers should provide a “full suite of instructions” to explain how Covid passports should function in the industry, she said, so that “we can decide whether we are happy to implement this on a voluntary basis.”
Despite the fact that the government is abolishing the legal need on July 19, the amended advise encourages retailers to retain face mask rules in place.
The reforms represent a significant shift in the government’s stance on the virus’s transmission from state to individual responsibility.
Boris Johnson, speaking at a Downing Street press conference, said it was “absolutely critical” that “we proceed now with prudence.”
“I cannot express this strongly or emphatically,” he remarked. Brinkwire Summary News