While France has reconfigured since this weekend, the UK, conversely, tackles a new phase of his progressive lack of refinement. London will reopen its stores next Monday. Encouraged by the improvement in the health situation, Boris Johnson confirmed that April 12th, non-essential businesses like hair salons, pub terraces or gyms, once again you will be able to welcome the public in England.
Overwhelmed earlier in the year, British hospitals saw the number of Covid-19 patients drop during weeks of lockdown and progress in vaccination. Almost 32 million people have already received a first dose, remember the BBC. The conservative government of Europe’s most afflicted country (127,000 dead), however, wants to remain cautious based on a massive projection, a Proyect of health passport but also in strict border controls.
In fact, the British will still have to wait to travel. It is forbidden to travel abroad until at least May 17, except for essential reasons. Authorities fear importing variants of the coronavirus that are likely to be resistant to vaccines, a first dose of which has already been injected to almost everyone over 50.
The “great British summer”
Despite calls to take advantage of the “great British summer” by staying on holiday in the UK, many Britons, especially those vaccinated, now want to be allowed to travel, as they do en masse every summer, to the Mediterranean. Therefore, the government plans to test a health passport system for mass gatherings in England, such as football matches and indoor events.
This certificate would indicate that a person has been vaccinated, is negative for coronavirus, or has antibodies. Several pilot tests will be launched from mid-April, especially for the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium, which will also host the UEFA Euro Cup final on July 11.
But This health passport project also makes people cringe. He it was greeted with hostility by more than 70 British MPs from across the political spectrum, who deemed it “discriminatory”, which could potentially backfire in the event of a vote in Parliament.