UK Pub Bosses Criticise Plans for Vaccine Passports

UK pub bosses have criticised government plans for vaccine passports.

Experts have criticised the plans with UK pub bosses hitting out at vaccine passports.

Jo Cox-Brown, from Nottingham-based consultancy Night Time Economy, told one publication: “Hospitality is so well used to managing the safety of its customers.

“I think if you’re not being asked for a passport when you enter a supermarket, where people seem to swarm in together, or to go to a school or to enter your workplace, then it seems really disproportionate to expect it from a restaurant or a bar.”

The news comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said vaccine passports will only be rolled out after everyone in the UK has been offered the vaccine.

The premier said: “We are looking at the issues that are raised by vaccination.

“Lots of countries are thinking about using some kind of vaccine passports.”

He added “no decisions have been taken” yet on what might happen with vaccine passports but suggested people may need to show a negative test, proof they have had the virus, or a vaccine stamp for foreign holidays.

Speaking about whether vaccine passports might be used for pubs, he said: “All sorts of things are being considered, it’s premature to start talking about that.”

He added: “I think we need to think carefully about the issues, as I’ve said before.

“There are some people who you know, for medical reasons, can’t get a vaccination. Pregnant women can’t get a vaccination.

“You might only be able to implement a thorough-going vaccination passport scheme, even if you wanted such a thing, in the context of you know, when absolutely everybody had been offered a vaccine.”

The Covid Research Group of 50 backbench Conservatives criticised the move, saying they did not want vaccine passports.

Steve Baker from the group said: “First they said we’ll need them to watch the football, and today that it may be papers for the pub.”

The UK Government said it would announce more about vaccine passports in April, with the Prime Minister saying he would speak more about vaccine passports.

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Sally Underwood

Sally Underwood is a former aide to several former cabinet members and now contributes her views on Parliament’s ever-changing shape in her column for the Euro Weekly News.


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