Dawn Chorus: Vaccination passport coming

PM changes view on passports for entry to events etc; Cabinet reviewing exemption rules for Aucklanders travelling one-way; Key becomes defacto opposition leader with 'hermit kingdom' column

TLDR & TLDL: The Government is continuing to back slowly away from a hard elimination and even harder borders stance towards some sort of reopening plan in the next couple of weeks.

That is set to include a vaccination passport that would allow venue operators and hospitality businesses to bar entry to the unvaccinated, while calls from business figures are growing for a home isolation pilot for returnees sooner rather than later.

The PM seems to be softening towards the idea of vaccine passports or negative Covid tests for entry to venues. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/The Kaka

PM Jacinda Ardern indicated in a NZ Herald interview over the weekend she was softening her earlier opposition to a vaccine passport or the need for a negative test result for entry to venues.

She also said the 90% vaccination rate threshold was becoming a type of ‘golden ticket’ for reopening, although she clarified this was for the double-dose rate, rather than the single-dose rate. She was also not clear on whether t…

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