Covid passports have emerged as a potential exit strategy for the Government, which plans on following its roadmap to normality in the summer. The Prime Minister hopes to test the passports, which have existed as rumour for the past year, via pilot studies. They will help prove whether or not the Government can conceivably return the UK’s pre-pandemic freedoms without encouraging another spike in infections.
When will Covid passports become policy?
Covid passports emerged as an idea in early 2020, not long after the first lockdown.
At the time, officials expected Covid patients to develop sufficient immunity after infection.
But research later found natural immunity is short-lived, and scientists hope vaccines can offer suitable coverage.
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The Government schedule works as follows:
April 16: Hot Water Comedy Club, Liverpool
April 18: FA Cup semi-final, Wembley Stadium, London
April 17-May 3: World Snooker, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
April 23-25: Luna Cinema, Liverpool
April 24-25: Fun runs with 3,000 participants, Hatfield House, Hatfield
April 25: Carabao Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London
April 28: ACC Business Event, Liverpool
April 30-May 1: Circus Nightclub, Liverpool
May 15: FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London
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Another added: “I don’t expect it to be until much later in the year.”
People would be able to use the passports to access bars or clubs.
The predicted autumn completion date would come months after the Government has proposed to reopen the UK.
The roadmap points to June 23 as a reasonable date to repeal all restrictions, including social distancing.