Vaccine passports would be needed for nightclubs and sports under Covid Plan B

Passports for vaccines will be required for those who frequent nightclubs, concert halls, festivals and sports grounds in England as part of the government’s Emergency Plan B for fall and winter.

The proposal will only be introduced if the country faces a difficult winter with an increase in Covid cases during the colder months, the government said.

He said on Monday he was convinced Plan A would prevent the NHS from facing unsustainable pressure, but released his plan B saying if it was necessary it should act quickly and adopt measures like vaccine certification short term.

As of Monday, 40 more people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the UK total to 136,208, and there had been an additional 37,960 laboratory-confirmed cases.

The Plan B proposals build on the findings of a vaccine passport review earlier this year, which concluded that certification could help keep events and businesses open.

They explained how all visitors aged 18 and over to certain events could be required to be fully immunized.

The events listed are all nightclubs and other venues open after 1 a.m. with alcohol, music and dancing, and indoor events with 500 or more attendees where they are likely to be. stand and mingle to a significant degree, or move around during the event, such as as concert halls or large receptions.

The plan also includes crowded outdoor environments with 4,000 or more attendees where they are likely to stand or move around during the event, such as festivals, and all settings with 10,000 or more people, such as major sporting and musical stadiums.

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Staff aged 18 or over in facilities may also be required to be tested regularly if they are not fully immunized or exempt.

The government is seeking advice from businesses, event planners and venue operators on its proposals by October 12.

Health Minister Maggie Throup said: “Our fall and winter plan puts us on a safe footing and gives the whole country the best possible chance of living with Covid-19 in the months to come. come, without the need for unwanted social and economic restrictions.

“The vaccination program has tipped the scales in our favor in our common fight against this virus and while we are fully convinced that the prudent measures we are taking will help eliminate the need for mandatory vaccination certificates, we must be prepared to all scenarios.

“We know that these kinds of contingency plans will only work if businesses and the public have a say and I urge anyone who may have to use certification: give us your perspective, give us your ideas. “

The government said it continues to encourage voluntary use of certification and the NHS Covid Pass.

Over 200 events and venues have used the certification on a voluntary basis over the summer, including Premier League matches, festivals such as the Reading and Leeds and All Points East festivals, some nightclubs and the BBCs Proms.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said earlier this month that pressures on A&E and increased hospital admissions could trigger Plan B.

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