21 April 2021, The Tablet

A high price for a pint

Covid passports


The British government is right to ensure that people entering the country who may be infected with the Covid virus are identified and isolated. But implementation has not been easy, with people queuing at Heathrow airport for up to six hours while their documentation is scrupulously checked. This does not bode well for the proposal that similar checks should also be introduced internally, for instance before someone wants to enter a public house or restaurant. A six-hour queue for a pint of bitter is a strong argument for teetotalism. Yet it is true that anyone who has received one or both anti-Covid vaccinations, or who has recently proved negative for the disease in a test, will have paperwork – sometimes called a Covid passport – to prove it.

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