Unvaccinated drinkers could be banned from pubs this summer | London Business News

Data showed a recent steep fall in infections were starting to level off

Pub landlords, trade bodies and lockdown sceptics have rejected the suggestion by Boris Johnson that publicans could be left to decide whether to allow only customers who have been vaccinated against coronavirus into their premises.

Jonathan Neame, chief executive of Shepherd Neame pub group, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think it's absolutely fine to exclude people where there is a situation of bad behaviour or drunkenness, and that's already enshrined in law".

Mr Johnson said he looked forward to getting his hair cut and having a pint of beer in the garden of a pub, among the activities permitted if stage two of his unlocking plan proceeds on April 12.

"It would be very hard for pubs to enforce, I think, " he told the News. "With all the the things pubs have gone through over the past year, we don't need the extra costs that it would mean".

The comments mark a change of thinking from Johnson, who has previously poured scorn on the idea of vaccine passports for hospitality venues.

Entrepreneur Hugh Osmond, who is now working with Greater Manchester's night time economy advisor Sacha Lord to challenge the Government's decision to not allow hospitality to reopen for indoor service until five weeks after nonessential retail unlocks, described the proposals as "repressive and unethical".

Variants Could Double Case Counts: Tam
Tam said stronger public health measures will be necessary to counter the resurgence fueled by more infectious variants. The changes to the " Am I Eligible " website come as people 50 and older are now eligible for the vaccine in ny .

All social distancing rules are due to be lifted on June 21, although the government has long said the timetable could change if the Covid-19 situation in the United Kingdom worsens.

Pub owners have rejected the idea of COVID passports.

Boss Bill Dalton said: "The recovery of our nation's economy will rely heavily on our vibrant and vital sector, which contributes nearly £60 billion to the treasury each year".

One petition, titled "do not rollout Covid-19 vaccine passports" was debated in parliament on March 15.

Under Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown, the earliest date for outdoor restaurants and bars to re-open is April 12.

All four are looking busy for the first few weeks but there are still spaces to be booked.

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