Business Minister Paul Scully told Sky News that “crowded pubs” would not be included in plans to use Covid certification.
He said nightclubs and “bigger ticket events” would be affected and said “there are a number of sports venues that are already considering doing this voluntarily.”
He said: “We want to prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed by cases all winter long.”
Mr. Scully said that the use of Covid passports for nightclubs was not being introduced immediately to have the correct “details”.
He added: “It has to pass parliamentary scrutiny, so we have to do it absolutely well, we have to work with the sectors that are going to be affected, to make sure we can define this very carefully. .
“All we are doing right now is giving an advance warning of what is coming.”
Asked whether he was comfortable with the Conservative Party implementing something similar to an ID card, Mr Scully said: “I’m not comfortable that Government is mandating anything frankly, I’m a very libertarian Conservative, I want to be able to back off, that’s why yesterday was an opportunity for Government to back off from so many different things and let people live their lives.
“But what we have to do is make sure that people will also live their lives safely, the NHS can function safely, and these are the challenges that we still have to do.
“So it’s incredibly frustrating, it’s incredibly complicated to work through the detail, but that’s the challenge we have.”
He said ministers urged nightclubs to implement the use of Covid-19 passports voluntarily ahead of September.