UK to trial COVID passports in April

Lucy Harley-McKeown
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Latvia's Tatjana Vasiljeva plays a shot during her snooker match against India's Amee Kamani during the IBSF World 6 Red Snooker Championships in Karachi, Pakistan, August 8, 2015. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
Latvia's Tatjana Vasiljeva plays a shot during her snooker match against India's Amee Kamani during the IBSF World 6 Red Snooker Championships. Snooker is among the events due to be used to trial COVID-19 passports. Photo: Reuters/Akhtar Soomro

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. 

The trials, beginning this month and stretching into May, will test the viability of a system that could allow the UK's economy to open up again before the rollout of coronavirus vaccinations to all age groups. 

Officials are trying to find a way for venues to open without social distancing. 

The passes would include information on whether someone has a negative test, is fully vaccinated or has natural immunity from having caught the virus within the last six months. 

The government has also confirmed there will be a "traffic light" system when foreign holidays return. 

Other events will include an evening at a nightclub, a business conference and a cinema screening in Liverpool. 

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The first pilot event will be a comedy night in Liverpool, where people will be tested before and after the show.  

Reports said that the NHS is working on a plan to use paper certificates or an app to show your status. 

Prime minister Boris Johnson said: "We have made huge strides over the past few months with our vaccine programme and everyone in the country has made huge sacrifices to get us to this stage in our recovery from Covid-19.

"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."

The proposed plans will cover England, however the government is also discussing the scheme with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

If the "roadmap" out of lockdown is kept on track in England legal limits on social contact may be lifted by 21 June. 

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