Sport chiefs back Covid passports in letter to Boris Johnson

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The Premier League, Wimbledon, cricket and rugby bodies are among those that have written to the Prime Minister backing a review of the certificates. Critics claim the digital documents – which reveal if someone has had a jab, a recent negative test or immunity after being ill – are discriminatory.

But after a year without crowds, sports bodies are desperate to find a way to allow spectators back safely.

They want to “deliver the great sporting summer the whole nation craves”.

They say only allowing the return of small numbers of spectators from May 17 to allow for social distancing will be “insufficient to end sport’s financial crisis”.

The letter adds: “The return of fans will give a huge boost to millions and be of great benefit to the economy.

“It is right every possible action is considered to secure this outcome as soon as possible.

“This includes investigating how a Covid certification arrangement could reduce and then safely remove…social distancing.”

The third phase of the PM’s roadmap out of lockdown is due to begin on May 17, allowing events indoor with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full, whichever is lower, or outdoor with a capacity of 4,000 or half-full.

A Government spokesman said: “We welcome the constructive approach from major British sports as we explore how testing Covid certification and other steps can help get more fans back into stadiums and other large events safely.”

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