The UK is considering rapid coronavirus testing for the entertainment industry to allow mass gatherings to resume later this year in situations where social distancing is impractical or uneconomical.
Government officials confirmed that plans were being drawn up for rapid testing to be rolled out once most of the economy had reopened. “Quick turnround testing is part of a plan to get mass gatherings back,” one insider said.
Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Monday, prime minister Boris Johnson said that so-called “vaccination passports” could be introduced for international travel, but would be unlikely to be required for domestic pursuits, such as dining out.
“Some countries clearly are going to be wanting to insist people coming to their country have evidence of a vaccination, just as people insisted in the past you had evidence you were vaccinated against yellow fever,” he said.
Johnson also told Sky News: “What I don’t think we will…