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Covid: Vaccine passports could help reopen society – Dowden

Covid: Vaccine passports could help reopen society – Dowden

Vaccine passports could be a “tool in the short term” to reopen theatres and sports stadiums, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said.

The government needs to “look at all options” to “make areas of our national life viable”, he said, but no decisions have yet been made.

And he insisted the roadmap for lifting restrictions in England was on track.

Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford said there were “prizes to be won” with vaccine passports.

Under the government’s four-step plan to ease England’s lockdown, all legal limits on social contact could be lifted by 21 June, if strict conditions are met.

While most social gathering rules are due to be fully lifted outside on 17 May, social distancing rules and limits on capacity will remain indoors for at least a further five weeks for venues like cinemas, museums and theatres, and for sporting events.

The prime minister has suggested pub goers could be asked to provide a vaccine certificate as part of a wider review that could report in May. But he said vaccine passports would not be considered until everyone has been offered a jab, which is due to be by the end of July.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, Mr Dowden said no decisions had yet been made about Covid certification.

He said it was important to examine this in order to reach “a much greater easing in the middle of June” as planned, but it is “not the only factor”.

Mr Dowden said he completely understood “concerns people have raised on civil liberties grounds” and that was why the review currently being undertaken by the cabinet office minister, Michael Gove, was so important.

He said pilots would begin from the middle of April to look at things like ventilation, one-way systems and tests on how the virus spreads at indoor and outdoor events.

The success of the vaccine rollout and the better weather in the summer months would also be crucial factors, he added.

News Source: BBC News

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