Venues in England may only get 'one week's notice' if vaccine passports become mandatory, UK government says

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  • Today's "Covid-19 Response: Autumn And Winter Plan" encourages venues to prepare contingency plans in the event of cases rising.
  • Venues in England may only get 'one week's notice' if vaccine passports become mandatory, UK government says image
  • Venues in England may be given just one week to implement mandatory vaccine passports, the UK government has announced. Earlier today, September 14th, prime minister Boris Johnson shared the latest plan for managing Covid-19 through autumn and winter in England. This comes just two days after the government U-turn on vaccine passports. The new plan includes a "Plan B", which could be implemented if data suggests that the NHS is becoming overwhelmed. As well as the reintroduction of masks and home working, "Plan B" would mandate vaccine passports for specific sites and venues, including all nightclubs, "indoor, crowded settings with 500 or more attendees" and "outdoor, crowded settings with 4,000 or more attendees." The government has recommended that businesses prepare a vaccine passport contingency plan, as it would aim to give businesses "at least one week" before the mandatory certification came into force. The plan also says that the NHS Covid Pass, which is part of the NHS app, will become the vaccine passport. Read the full plan here. Photo: Krys Amon