Boris Johnson is today being reported to have adjusted his plan for Covid passports away from hospitality providers including pubs and restaurants to focus on large events and international travel.
As recently as last month the Prime Minister was not ruling out the possibility of a Covid passport being required for people to enjoy a pint at a pub, or a meal at a restaurant.
A huge backlash then ensued from hospitality businesses and trade bodies including UKHospitality that simply said: The “Vaccine passport scheme unworkable”.
Kate Nicholls, CEO, UKHospitality said at the time: “Over the past year our sector has been devastated and businesses have only known forced closure or the most severe restrictions. We need to avoid any further measures that give rise to the potential of further restrictions.”
Today the PM via an unnamed senior Downing Street source is reported to have told the Mirror, no formal decisions have been made yet, but confirmed the focus is on large events and major venues.
Metro is taking a stronger lead on the same story saying: Boris Johnson is thought to have ditched plans to introduce coronavirus vaccine passports for pubs and restaurants this summer.
Whilst that sounds like a step in the right direction for hospitality, a clear message needs to be delivered to allow restaurants, pubs, and all hospitality providers… confirming they will not be made to operate Covid passports.
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