The Government is said to be reconsidering plans for Covid passports, which will allow people who have been vaccinated to access pubs and restaurants.
Earlier plans had been shelved after the Government decided to switch its focus away from hospitality venues and towards travel and large-scale events.
Now, it's reported that the plan for "Covid certification" might be back on the agenda again.
The Daily Mail reports that a review into the scheme, led by Michael Gove, is looking at if they could be used to allow venues like theatres, pubs and restaurants to stay open - even if we see a rise in Covid cases later in the year.
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It would reportedly be accessed on the NHS app and be used via a new function, allowing those in England to show their vaccine status, reports The Mirror.
A Whitehall source told the paper the scheme could be used to keep open a much wider range of venues if a surge of the virus happens this winter.
The source said: "The reason we are trialling Covid certification this summer is partly to get mass events open more safely with bigger crowds, but also partly to get people used to the idea.
"We hope that with high vaccination rates we will be in a very different position this winter. But if we do find ourselves in a dire situation then certification could be a tool in our armoury to keeps things open that might otherwise have to close."
Dozens of Tory MPs are said to have warned they will vote against the use of Covid passports in pubs but ministers are said to believe opposition may soften if the alternative is to close parts of the economy.
Ministers were first reported to be discussing the potential for Covid passports in February, weeks after England was plunged into a third lockdown.
A review found Covid passports would have “significant implications” for pubs and “this will be further considered in consultation with industry."
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