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It looks like Great Britain is going to follow in the path of the United States, Israel and other nations that have begun dividing their societies into two classes of people based on their COVID immunity status. With the soccer championships coming up and plenty of Brits itching to get back out to music concerts or simply hitting the pubs, officials have established a system of digital and hard-copy “coronavirus status certifications” that will be tested at several upcoming events at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues in the coming weeks. The plan hasn’t been finalized yet, but Parliament is working on the details already. They can call their passports whatever they like, but the bottom line works out to the same thing. If you don’t have one, you’ll be staying home. (Associated Press)
Britain is planning to test a series of measures including “coronavirus status certifications” over the coming weeks to see if they can allow people to safely return to mass gatherings at sports arenas, nightclubs and concerts.
People attending a range of events, including conferences and soccer’s FA Cup, will need to be tested both before and after. The trials will also gather evidence on how ventilation and different approaches to social distancing could enable large events to go ahead.
Officials are also developing plans to trial COVID-19 passports that are expected to show if a person has received a vaccine, has recently tested negative for the virus, or has some immunity due to having tested positive in the previous six months.
While the Health Ministry has apparently somehow gotten Prime Minister Boris Johnson to tentatively go along with this, the proposal is meeting some significant resistance, particularly among members of his Conservative Party. For the time being, BoJo is stressing that these are only test runs of the new system and nobody is being locked out of anything yet. He is quoted as saying, “We are doing everything we can to enable the reopening of our country so people can return to the events, travel and other things they love as safely as possible, and these reviews will play an important role in allowing this to happen.”