Vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi has confirmed that vaccine passports will be required to enter large venues from October to avoid winter closures.
Zahawi said the Government wants to avoid an “open-shut-open-shut” situation for the industry and that vaccinations are the “best way” to ensure venues stay open during the winter.
He added that the Government is concerned large venues could end up causing a spike in infections due to groups of people mixing in close proximity.
Zahawi did not clarify exactly what was meant by ‘large venues’.
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, he said: “One thing that we have learnt is that in large gatherings of people, especially indoors, the virus tends to spike and spread.”
He added: “When the evidence that you are presented is so clear-cut and that we want to make sure the industry doesn’t have to go through [an] open-shut, open-shut sort of strategy, then the right thing to do is to introduce that by the end of September when all over-18-year-olds have had their two jabs.”
His comments come after Scotland confirmed that it would require vaccine passports for entry to many large indoor and outdoor venues from this month. Wales is not expected to follow suit.