Pub joy as Boris to tell Brits they won’t need Covid passports to buy pints

Brits will no longer have to carry a vaccine passport whenever they visit a pub as the controversial "papers for pints" scheme has been scrapped.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has cancelled the planned introduction of passports at bars and restaurants as part of new coronavirus safety measures.

That means pubs, which will reopen their outdoor facilities across England next week, can serve anyone who follows social distance guidelines and wear face masks.

However, those attending larger gatherings such as major sporting events and festivals must show evidence of having had a Covid-19 jab, a negative test or proof of natural immunity.

The surprising U-turn on pubs came after 72 MPs claimed the original plan was "divisive and discriminatory”.

However, Johnson is tomorrow expected to reveal his plans to push on with "vaccine certificates" at larger venues from next month.

Health officials are understood to be developing a new app to enable people to enter sports arenas, nightclubs, festivals and theatres. Paper certificates will also be available.

A pilot scheme will be rolled out across nine events in the coming weeks.

The PM said: "We are doing everything we can to enable the reopening of our country so people can return to the events, travel and other things they love as safely as possible, and these reviews will play an important role in allowing this to happen."

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Four trials will take place in Liverpool, with events being held at a comedy club, a cinema, a nightclub and a business conference arena from next week.

Some football fans will be allowed inside Wembley Stadium to watch the Carabao Cup final on April 25, the FA Cup final on May 15 and a semi-final on April 18.

The World Snooker Championship at the Crucible in Sheffield and fun run in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, will also take part.

An insider told The Sun: “These events will not only be used to try out the new Covid passport.

"We’ll have lots of eyes and ears and systems gathering a mass of data.

"What we learn in the next few weeks will be crucial to how we proceed into step three of the unlocking process on May 17."

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