Plans to introduce vaccine passports for access into nightclubs and large events in England, due to be introduced at the end of September will not go ahead for the time being. Instead the scheme will be kept in reserve for the Autumn and Winter Covid Plan, should it be necessary.
Under the scheme, people would have been required to show proof – whether of double vaccination, a negative Covid test or finishing self-isolating after a positive PCR test – in order to gain entry to clubs and other crowded events.
The Night Time Industries Association had said the plans could have crippled the industry and led to nightclubs facing discrimination cases. The industry body welcomed the Health Minister Sajid Javid’s announcement on Sunday, saying it hoped businesses could now plan with some certainty and start to rebuild the sector.