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Industry dismisses Johnson's 'vaccine passports' for pubs idea as 'repressive' and 'unworkable'

Mr Johnson said he looked forward to getting his hair cut and having a pint of beer in the garden of a pub, among the activities permitted if stage two of his unlocking plan proceeds on April 12.

The Prime Minister echoed the thoughts of the nation as he admitted a trip to the hairdressers was overdue - with salons and barbers forced to close during England's current coronavirus lockdown.

"People, human beings, instinctively recognise when something is unsafe and nasty to them, and they can see that COVID is collectively a threat and they want us as their government, and me as the Prime Minister to take all the actions I can to protect them".

Johnson said on Thursday the result of the review can be expected by 12 April, although it may not be possible to roll them out until everyone has been offered a jab.

Industry group the British Institute of Innkeeping slammed the idea of vaccine passports and urged the government to stick to the June 21 date for the end of social distancing.

"There is going to be a role for certification", he told reporters on Thursday.

Johnson said: "I think that that's the kind of thing that may be up to individual publicans".

He added: "I think particularly of the fantastic doctor and nurses in our NHS, many of whom are helping to treat and vaccinate people in our battle against COVID-19".

Baker questioned what will happen to pregnant women, who are now not advised to get vaccinated.

But it's not just pubs it could affect, the passport scheme could be used in clubs as well.

"But if you're going to exclude people for what they are, or what they have not done, that's a wholly different issue which does touch on discrimination, civil liberties, and in this case data protection issues".

Tory MP Steve Baker said it was a "ghastly trap" and unfairly penalised those advised not to have a vaccine.

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of the UKHospitality trade body, said it is "crucial" that visits to pubs and restaurants are not subject to mandatory vaccination certification.



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