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Businesses face ‘horrible' abuse amid UK's coronavirus vaccine checks dilemma

Posted On: 21 Sep 2021   |   Posted By: Politico

LONDON - Hospitality is back in business post-lockdown - but staff face the prospect of abuse as they grapple with “confused” government guidance on checking customers' coronavirus status.
Companies who have opted to put in place checks say they have faced a social media backlash from anti-vaccine and “freedom” campaigners.
The U.K. has so far tried to encourage businesses with a higher risk of COVID transmission to voluntarily adopt its NHS COVID Pass, allowing customers to prove they are free of the virus. Users can show they have either had two doses of an approved vaccine, a negative PCR or lateral flow test result within 48 hours of entry, or have natural immunity.
Guidance encouraging firms to use the pass was updated in July, making clear some venues “may choose to ask for the NHS COVID Pass,” and saying the government would “encourage the use of this” in venues with a high chance of mixing with other households. But it made clear the move remained “voluntary for individual organisations.”
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