“Freedom passes” are set to be distributed to those who test negative for coronavirus twice in one week, leaked reports suggest.
Paperwork will be awarded to members of the public who are consistently found to be Covid-19 negative when regularly tested, allowing them to enjoy a more “normal” life after eight months of lockdown.
The finer details of the scheme are said to be presently being finalised by government officials in Whitehall – with the hope the new passes will help the country return to normal from early next year.
While it is expected the passes will become obsolete once Covid-19 vaccinations have been distributed across the UK – making the freedom pass something of a stop-gap in the interim as the public await appointment allocations for vaccinations.
The Daily Mail reports that the proposed passes would allow people to visit family and friends without the need for social distancing – and would also do away with the need for wearing masks.
It is suggested the pass would be stored on people's phones via an app.
A source told The Telegraph: “They will allow someone to wander down the streets, and if someone else asks why they are not wearing a mask, they can show the card, letter or an App.”
The proposed scheme comes hot on the heels of calls by former Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to introduce a “freedom pass” in the UK.
Hunt has proposed that the entire UK population be tested once per month, with permits distributed to those who return negative results for the Covid-19 virus.
He has proposed the move as an incentive to encourage the public to get tested, self-isolate if needed, and be prepared to receive a vaccine once one begins being rolled out next month.
Mr Hunt wrote in The Times: “We should go further, offering people who comply with testing and isolation requirements a 'freedom pass' that removes the requirement to follow lockdown regulations.
“In Slovakia, they gave those with negative results a certificate that released them from curfew and allowed them to go out, shop, and go to work.
“This meant 97 per cent of the eligible population was tested.
“We should do the same in the UK, using the NHS Covid-19 app to record who has been tested and who has received the vaccine.”
He also suggested Easter 2021 should be set as a target for life returning to normal to give the population a goal to focus towards.
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