Boris Johnson urged to think again on ‘impossible’ and ‘discriminatory’ vaccine passports for pubs

Boris Johnson has been urged to think again on “impossible” Covid vaccine passports for pubs, after he suggested it would be down to individual landlords to impose. 

The Prime Minister on Wednesday said it “may be up to individual publicans” whether they require customers to have a “Covid vaccination certificate”, with a review into their usage expected to conclude in May. 

But Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said it would be “putting our businesses in an impossible situation”, in which venues may “have to discriminate against those who have not had vaccine”, while the boss of the Shepherd Neame chain said making jabs mandatory was a “fairly poorly thought out idea”.

Steve Baker, deputy chairman of the Covid Recovery Group, said the plans could lead to a “two-tier Britain that prevents pregnant women from taking part in society”. 

He added: “The Prime Minister began to tread a dangerous path when he opened the door to domestic covid certificates. First they said we’ll need them to watch the football, and today that it may be papers for the pub.”

It was a “ghastly trap that we must not fall into”, he added. 

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove is reviewing the possible use of coronavirus status certificates under plans to ease England’s lockdown.

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