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Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden leaves 10 Downing Street on March 17 in London, England.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden leaves 10 Downing Street on March 17 in London, England. Hollie Adams / Getty Images

The UK is considering using “Covid certificates” to allow people to attend live events such as sporting events, its Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said on Friday.

Dowden told Sky News the UK government “will test whether we can use Covid certification to help facilitate the return to sport.”

The plan somewhat resembles the rumored vaccine passports, a concept which was dismissed by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but would also allow unvaccinated people to visit the scene after receiving a negative test result.

According to Dowden, the certificates could be used “to prove, for example, that you have received a vaccine or that you have had a successful negative test,” adding “that this may be one of the things that could help ensure that we can bring more people back to the stadium. “

The UK will use several high-profile sporting and cultural events as ‘pilot events’ to test the return of the crowds, including the FA Cup final on May 15th.

During these pilot events, the UK “will be looking at how we can ensure an internal and external framework, how we can bring in as many people as possible and get back to the things that we really love as a nation,” said Dowden.

The government will also analyze the impact of “one-way systems, things like masks, things like hand hygiene,” with Minister Michael Gove responsible for overseeing the Covid certification work program.

“(We) are working with a lot, a lot of people to see how we can bring people back safely in large numbers, because if we fail to do that this summer … industries that are not only so vital. for our sense of national well-being, but for the whole national economy. “

As part of the UK government’s roadmap out of lockdown, large-scale live events are slated to return on June 21 at the earliest, with Dowden saying it is his ‘number one mission’ to make this plan continues.

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