Cinemas across the UK are now considering using vaccine passports to reopen chains during the current pandemic.

According to The Telegraph, David Chadwick of Verifiable Credentials has confirmed the electronic certificate creators have discussed a deal with one theatre and cinema complex in the UK to trial such technology.

Chadwick explained that Verifiable Credentials would create these electronic certificates with which people could prove they have been vaccinated, by showing them on their smartphone.

The certificate would have to be shown alongside the booking confirmation in order to be allowed into the theatre or cinema.

The trials are still in progress, in order to assess the efficacy and technical feasibility, but Chadwick said that –

“checking people’s vaccination certificates might help cinemas to reopen in the future.”

According to Sky News, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested that he did not think people would need such passports to –

“allow you to go to the pub, or something like that,”

“I think inevitably there will be great interest in ideas like can you show that you’ve had a vaccination against Covid in the way that sometimes you have to show you’ve had a vaccination against yellow fever or other diseases in order to travel somewhere.”

Elsewhere, music venues across the UK are set to trial digital “health passports” in order to reopen doors for live gigs safely.

As reported by LMO last month, no matter how fast lockdowns are lifted and vaccine’s rolled out, box office levels won’t return to pre-pandemic levels until 2023 at the earliest. Recovery will take time.