The British government has abandoned its vaccine passports project to enter overcrowded places in England.
“I am happy to say that we will not go ahead with the vaccine passport plans,” Health Secretary Sajid Javid told the BBC.
The plan, which was due to go into effect in late September, would have meant that anyone going to a crowded indoor location – like a nightclub – would have had to show proof of a full vaccination.
“It’s fair to say, I think, that most people probably instinctively don’t like the idea,” Javid said. “I never liked the idea of telling people that you have to show your papers or something to do what is just a daily activity.”
But the idea would nonetheless be kept “in reserve as a potential option,” he said.
Earlier this month, Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi said passports were needed to keep large venues open, sparking outrage from the hospitality industry.
“This idea has always been discriminatory,” said Greater Manchester’s night economics adviser, Lord Sacha. “We have proven that we can organize safe events. “
A few days ago, Scottish parliamentarians voted to require a vaccination passport to enter crowded places – including nightclubs, music festivals and some football stadiums – from 1 October. The Night Time Industries Association said the plan put the industry on a “dangerous path to devastation.”