Britons could be given special ‘freedom passes’ if they test negative for coronavirus twice a week. Pass holders would have to show that they have been regularly tested with an electronic form, it has been reported. The pass, which could take the form of a QR code, would allow holders to live a relatively normal life.
Boris Johnson is said to be set to unveil the scheme on Monday when he launches the Government’s Covid Winter Plan.
Mr Johnson will use the Winter Plan to set out the restrictions to replace the national lockdown on December 2 and how people can spend the festive period.
England will enter a tougher three-tiered system of local coronavirus restrictions when the national lockdown ends on December 2. The tiers are expected to be strengthened to safeguard the gains made during the national lockdown but it is understood that the controversial 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants will be altered under the new system.
The Prime Minister is expected to say that, while last orders must be called at 10pm, people will get an extra hour to finish their food and drinks with opening hours to be extended until 11pm.
The Cabinet is expected to discuss and sign off the plan on Sunday before Mr Johnson announces it to Parliament the following day.