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Covid-19 status certification likely to have significant implications for councils: LGA

The Local Government Association has urged the Government to work closely with councils on any proposals for Covid-19 status certification.

Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement of the next step of the roadmap out of lockdown, Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the LGA, said such proposals were “likely to bring significant implications for councils, particularly with regards to licensing, enforcement and support to venues and businesses who would have to use them”.

Councils could provide vital insight into how the scheme could work best in practice, consider equalities implications and links to vaccine confidence, he added.

“Rapidly targeting local outbreaks will be crucial in our continuing fight against coronavirus and the expansion of testing to all adults will play a valuable part in this. Councils will continue to use their unique knowledge and connections with their communities to reach out to areas where they are most needed.”

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Cllr Jamieson said: “While we all look forward with huge hope of a return to our normal way of life, the responsibility is on us all to test ourselves regularly, share our contacts on request and self-isolate when required to keep case rates as low as possible.”

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