Theatre-goers and sport spectators could get 24-hour 'Covid passes'

Theatre-goers and sport spectators could get 24-hour 'Covid passes' if they test negative allowing them to cram back into venues knowing they are safe Matt Hancock reveals government has thrown its weight behind new rapid tests Officials have been told to move at 'extreme pace' to get crowds back at events Mr Hancock says pregnancy-style test which offers instant results is 'holy grail'

By Tom Pyman For Mailonline

Published: 01:52 BST, 8 September 2020 | Updated: 07:22 BST, 8 September 2020

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A 'Covid pass' giving spectators a 24-hour window to return to sports arenas and theatres could be on the cards, Matt Hancock has suggested.

The Health Secretary revealed the government has thrown its weight behind new rapid tests that will allow people to mix with others in close proximity, safe in the knowledge they are virus-free at the time. 

Fans of various forms of live entertainment could return to venues without social distancing within weeks, it was reported yesterday, as officials are ordered to move at 'extreme pace' to encourage crowds to attend events.

Spectators could be given a 'Covid pass' to return to theatres and mix in crowds, knowing they are virus-free at the time

Spectators could be given a 'Covid pass' to return to theatres and mix in crowds, knowing they are virus-free at the time

Boris Johnson's lockdown roadmap initially saw November 1 as the first date that social distancing could be lifted, but it is understood he wants to accelerate the plan for theatres and sports events.

This could see large venues welcome back crowds over the next month if new rapid turnaround tests are ready and coronavirus cases are brought under control.

Mr Hancock yesterday described a pregnancy-style test which offers instant results as the 'holy grail' and could allow someone the freedom to attend

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