Vaccine passports “the last drop” for pubs in difficulty, says Wetherspoons boss

Vaccine passports

Vaccine passports could spell the end of struggling pubs, forcing staff into a “bitter civil liberties war” with customers, Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin said.
Ministers plan to use coronavirus health certificates as England emerges from lockdown in the coming weeks.

This could mean that people will only be allowed into the premises if they have been trapped, given negative test results, or have developed anti-coronavirus antibodies in a previous infection.

But Tory backbenchers, publicans and some scientists have expressed concerns about the project – and Martin, the country’s best-known pub owner, has added weight to their fears.

Write in Le Daily Telegraph, the head of Spoons said there was no justification for a passport system.

“For many pubs, clinging to their lives and devastated by the G-Force’s leadership changes, a complex and controversial passport system would be the last straw,” he wrote.

“This would inevitably put pub staff on the front lines of a bitter civil liberties war, with some customers refusing to be vaccinated or unable to be medically vaccinated.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said on Sunday that vaccine passports would not be introduced permanently, but could be a beneficial tool to safely restart businesses in the short term.

He added that the government must consider all options to safely ease restrictions.

“Of course we would never look to do this permanently, it’s just if it could be a tool in the short term,” he said. The Andrew Marr Show sur BBC One.

Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford has said he is ready to consider vaccination certificates provided they are “fair and reliable”.

“I think there are certainly prizes to be won through national vaccine certification, but there are also very big practical and ethical challenges to overcome,” he told Marr.

Mark Woolhouse, a member of the Pandemic Behavior Panel (Spi-B), said the use of passports should be considered to make life after lockdown safer.

“For activities that are difficult to make completely safe – I’m thinking of things like nightclubs, big concerts, mass gatherings – this is where passports come in, what it is. be it vaccine passports, passports tested negative or even immunity passports, ”he said.

But his Spi-B colleague Stephen Reicher said passports could make people more skeptical of vaccines, reducing their use and potentially leading to “social division”.

Related: UK Vaccination Reluctance Worst Among Ethnic Minority Communities – So What Can Be Done?

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