UK To Trial "Covid Status Certification" At Mass Events

Paola Ditto
Aprile 4, 2021

"This will help ensure the UK's vaccine progress isn't jeopardised and provide clear guidance for travellers", the government said.

After much debate around the potential introduction of vaccine passports, the government has announced its plans to bring in a Covid-status certification system.

The Carabao Cup final between Tottenham and Manchester City will have 8,000 fans in attendance after it was confirmed as a pilot event to test the return of big crowds.

Commenting on the announcement, the Prime Minister said: "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".

"We are delighted to be hosting three test events at Wembley and are confident we can offer a safe environment", said Mark Bullingham, chief executive of the Football Association.

It comes after government ministers were warned against introducing vaccine passports by a cross-party groups of MPs, including senior Conservatives and former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Downing Street said the pilot system "could allow higher-risk settings to be opened up more safely and with more participants".

The status certification system is intended for events where large numbers of people are close to each other, such as nightclubs, festivals and sports matches, the government said.

The statement added that the event will be used to "collect evidence and collate best practice for managing and mitigating transmission risk".

Pubs and restaurants, which are set to reopen indoor service from May 17, will not need to ask people's virus status.

People attending a range of sporting events, conferences and clubs will be tested both before and after in the next step towards the easing of restrictions in England.

The FA Cup final, the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield and a mass participation run in Hertfordshire are all events that are due to be included in a trial of COVID-19 passports in the UK.

People attending the trials will have to adhere to an agreed code of behaviour when they purchase a ticket and to take a Covid test both before and after the event.

The government also confirmed it will grade countries according to a "red, green, amber" traffic-light scheme when outbound global travel reopens on May 17 at the earliest.

For those classed as "amber" or "red", the restrictions will remain as they are with arrivals required to isolate or enter quarantine.

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