Coronavirus restrictions will be further relaxed, and proof of vaccination will no longer be required to attend specific venues.
British Health Minister Sajid Javid (Conservative) confirmed vaccine passports and testing for returning travelers will not be mandatory in the near future.
“We have looked at it properly and, while we should keep it in reserve as a potential option, I am pleased to say that we will not be going ahead with plans for vaccine passports,” he said according to Fox News.
Javid openly admitted he is no fan of harsh government restrictions to help contain the pandemic.
“I have never liked the idea of saying to people, ‘You must show your papers’ or something to do what is just an everyday activity,” he said according to the broadcaster.
The remarks came ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new pandemic strategy for the cooler months ahead. Vaccine boosters are also on the agenda according to Bloomberg News.
Britons had to show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test, or evidence of isolating after a positive test before entering clubs or other crowded places, according to Fox News. This will be a thing of the past since high vaccination rates, testing, surveillance, and new treatments made it possible to mitigate the virus’s negative impacts.
In July, the nation lifted many pandemic restrictions. However, a return to normality was postponed due to a jump in Delta variant cases.
Javid does not expect any further lockdowns for now.
“It will be irresponsible for any health minister around the world to take everything off the table but I just do not see how we [will] get to another lockdown,” he said.