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Industry dismisses Johnson's 'vaccine passports' for pubs idea as 'repressive' and 'unworkable'

Industry dismisses Johnson's 'vaccine passports' for pubs idea as 'repressive' and 'unworkable'”

Critics have hit out at the idea of COVID vaccine passports, saying they are "simply unworkable" and could create a "two-tier Britain".

Speaking in front of the Liaison Committee of senior Members of Parliament yesterday (March 24), Mr Johnson suggested that the government won't enforce a policy which bans unvaccinated people from certain establishments but said landlords could do so if they see fit.

"I think particularly of the fantastic doctors and nurses in our NHS, many of whom are helping to treat and vaccinate people in our battle against COVID-19", he said urging all to support their efforts by taking up the offer of a vaccination when it comes to them.

But instantly there was a furious reaction from Tory lockdown rebels, led by Steve Baker, deputy chairman of the COVID Recovery Group.

The Prime Minister echoed the thoughts of the nation as he admitted a trip to the hairdressers was overdue - with salons and barbers forced to close during England's current coronavirus lockdown.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suggested that pub landlords may bar people who can not prove they have been vaccinated against coronavirus, also saying that "vaccine certification" should not be considered a foreign concept in Britain.

But it's not just pubs it could affect, the passport scheme could be used in clubs as well.

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Under Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown, the earliest date for outdoor restaurants and bars to re-open is April 12. "It doesn't seem to me to be irresponsible at all - far from it, wholly responsible - for care home companies to think of requiring vaccination", Prime Minister Johnson said, according to comments reported by The Times.

"As I've said before there's lots of hard issues, because there are some people who, for medical reasons, can't get a vaccination, pregnant women can't get a vaccination at the moment", the prime minister said.

"It is simply unworkable, would cause conflict between staff and customers and nearly certainty result in breaches of equality rules".

Jonathan Neame, the chief executive of the Shepherd Neame pub chain who own over 300 pubs around the United Kingdom, said they would not be insisting on the measure.

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of the UKHospitality trade body, said it is "crucial" that visits to pubs and restaurants are not subject to mandatory vaccination certification.

The British Beer and Pub Association said the requirement would not be "appropriate or necessary".



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