Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly scrapped plans to introduce Covid passports for pubs and restaurants this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

It reported that the PM had shifted the focus of the much-discussed scheme away from the hospitality sector and onto a system that would enable foreign travel as well as help to reopen other areas of the leisure industry such as travel and theatres. However Covid passports are still reportedly being considered for nightclubs.

The change in direction from Johnson is said to follow the recent backlash from Tory MPs, as well as the hospitality industry, on the proposals which had suggested that venues would be able to relax social distancing measures in return for a Covid certification scheme being put in p lace.

According to the Mail, one government source said: “I would be amazed if we introduce Covid certification for hospitality this summer. The focus is more on big events and reopening sectors that we struggled to open last year.”

Earlier this month vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi stated that guests would not be asked for any form of vaccine certification to go to the pub for either outdoors opening from 12 April or indoors opening from 17 May.

Speaking at the time, Kate Nicholls, chief executive, UKHospitality said: “This is very helpful - but the review document published yesterday does still talk about their use in pubs and restaurants in removing social distancing. The PM also refused to rule out future use yesterday. There is a huge business cost, so Ministers must be clearer - is it just now, or never?”