Coronavirus UK latest – Boris Johnson DITCHES Covid passports for pubs as holidays abroad ‘on track to start May 17’

PLANS to force customers to show a Covid jab passport every time they go to the pub have been ditched by Boris Johnson.

In a major boost for the hospitality trade, the PM will exempt bars and restaurants from new Covid safety rules.

Landlords, who can reopen outdoors-only a week tomorrow in England, will soon be free to admit anyone who follows existing guidelines on social distancing and mask-wearing.

Boris’s change of heart came after an angry backlash from 72 MPs who branded the idea “divisive and discriminatory”.

It comes as the PM is reportedly ready to give the green light to holidays abroad from May 17.

He will announce that the near-blanket ban on foreign travel will be replaced by a traffic-light system.

This will pave the way for holidays overseas in six weeks’ time, reports the Mail on Sunday

Countries will be assessed on their vaccination programmes, infection rates and what variants they have and the ability of the nation’s scientists to identify them.

According to reports, it will likely open the way to trips to countries including the Maldives, Gibraltar, Malta and Israel.

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