Britons could be granted 'freedom passes' if they test negative for Covid twice a week. An electronic form would serve as proof that they had been tested.
Brits could be granted ‘freedom passes’ if they test negative for Covid twice a week. An electronic form, which may be a QR code, would serve as proof that they had been regularly tested. The pass would permit holders to live a life as close to normal as possible.
Covid Freedom Pass Announced
The scheme will be unveiled by Boris Johnson on Monday at the same time as he launches the Government’s Covid Winter Plan. The Prime Minister will set out the restrictions to replace the national lockdown ending on December 2 and detail how people can spend the festive period in the Winter Plan.
It is expected that England will have a stricter three-tier system of local Covid restrictions when the national lockdown ends on December 2. The toughening of the tiered system is designed to make sure that the good work done during the second national lockdown is not unravelled by relaxing
Although most restrictions will be made harsher, the 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants will be altered under the new system in a positive way. Boris Johnson is expected to change the rules so that, although last orders must be called at 10pm, people will get an extra hour to finish their food and drinks with opening hours to be extended until 11pm.
Despite the fact that families may be able to spend their Christmas together, ministers have declared that the festive season will be different to normal, with some restrictions expected to remain in place. On Thursday, ministers will decide what tier each area will be placed into and MPs will vote on whether to approve the new system in the days before it comes into effect on December 2.
Providing vaccines are approved by regulators, restrictions will gradually be lifted from now onwards, with the vaccine rollout set to begin next month before a wider programme in the new year.