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Majority of Britons think you should require a vaccine passport to go to bars and pubs

According to new research from YouGov, a majority of Britons support the rollout of a vaccine passport system, with more than half believing you should require proof of a vaccine to go to the pub.

Vaccine passport: a beer being served in the pub

Drinkers should not be allowed to visit bars and pubs without proof of a vaccination against Covid-19, according to a majority of Britons polled by YouGov.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has previously appeared to suggest that such proof, often dubbed a vaccine passport, will not be required in the UK.

“What I don’t think we will have in this country is – as it were – vaccination passports to allow you to go to, say, the pub or something like that. I think that that would be going it a bit.” He said back in February.

Meanwhile, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has previously warned of the “practical, legal and ethical issues” surrounding the rollout of a vaccine passport system.

However, YouGov research found that some 56% of those polled believed that Britons should be required to prove they had been vaccinated before visiting pubs and bars, while 72% thought that proof should be mandated before visiting a care home.

However, just 33% believed that vaccine passports should be required for pub gardens, while only 45% thought they should be required for use of public transport.

Under current plans to ease restrictions, pubs may be able to serve patrons in beer gardens from 12 April provided conditions set by the government are met. You can read more about the full timetable for easing hospitality restrictions here.

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