Packed football stadiums and gigs could return with 90-day Covid ‘freedom pass’

A freedom pass lasting three months could get Covid survivors back to football matches and gigs.

Downing Street adviser Sir John Bell has suggested that after self-isolating for 14 days, recovered patients would be covered for a proposed 90-day window to do whatever they want.

The University of Oxford professor urged the Commons Science Committee to bring in the policy to "reopen society" and get key sectors back on their feet.

Football stadiums could open their turnstiles to fans for the first time since March, as could concert venues to allow the ailing events industry to get on the road to recovery.

The expert who is part of the UK Vaccine Taskforce but not SAGE, said the scheme would encourage people to get tested than avoiding them.

It would also mean people within a patient's bubble could avoid quarantining altogether.

Sir John said the current two-week isolation system for people who come into contact with someone who's been infected is "massively ineffective".

Instead, only those who are positive should have to quarantine, he argues.

The only to ensure its works safely though is to implement a rapid pregnancy-style testing every couple of days.

The freedom pass also assumes that those who test positive have antibodies for three months.

He said: "We are living in a world where we need to reopen society back up again and we need a structure to do that.

"And at the moment we don’t have that structure because the whole philosophy has ‘let’s beat them up with a stick’ rather than 'let’s give them a carrot’."

This week, US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced trials showed its vaccine – developed alongside German partner BioNTech – was 90 percent effective, with Britain having bought enough doses to vaccinate 20 million people.

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