The government lied when it said that vaccine passports would not be introduced in the UK. In other earth-shattering news, today is Tuesday. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants venues to use the measure as “a matter of social responsibility.”
Johnson wants relevant businesses to utilise the NHS Covid app to ensure that large events are safe. The NHS app allows the user to demonstrate that they’ve been double-jabbed, had a recent negative test, or have natural immunity.
Punters would have their phones scanned by the venue and only those who can prove that they are safe would be allowed in. For now, the government is strongly recommending that venues adopt the passport scheme, but The Telegraph newspaper has seen documents that suggest it might become mandatory.
In Ireland, indoor hospitality is set to reopen soon, but only for those who have had two jabs. There has been very little opposition to it there. In fact, the Irish media is cheerleading it.
Last night, French President Emmanuel Macron told health workers that they would be fined if they didn’t have a jab by September 15th. He also said that special covid passes would be required to enter supermarkets, restaurants and other public places.
Speaking from Downing Street yesterday, Boris Johnson said that the Government would keep Covid data under review “probably, I’m afraid, into next year” and that he “will not hesitate” to bring back legal restrictions if necessary. The message to businesses is simple, “Do what you’re told or we’ll keep shutting you down.”
Be under no illusion, businesses will implement the vaccine passport scheme. I feel sorry for them. Hundreds of thousands of pubs, clubs, theatres, cafés, restaurants and cinemas are staring into the abyss.
If the tills don’t start ringing soon, they will disappear forever. There’s nothing funny about bankruptcy. The government holds all the aces. For now.