Opposition from the British Retail Consortium comes as 41 Tory MPs vow to oppose plans.
“While Covid status certification may play an important role in certain activities, such as international travel, our members are clear that it would not be appropriate or useful in a retail setting,” said Helen Dickinson, the chief executive of the BRC.
“High streets and other shopping destinations rely on impulse and ad hoc purchases from customers who visit; this would be badly affected by the additional barriers to trade.”
She said that sticking to existing safety protocols – such as regular cleaning, face coverings and hand sanitising – was the best way to protect staff and shoppers.
The certificates are intended to mark out people who had a low risk of passing on infection by indicating those who had received a Covid vaccine, a recent negative test result, or antibodies from a natural infection within the last 180 days.
They are similar to the vaccine passports which have been mooted to enable international travel to restart.
New West End Company chief executive Jace Tyrrell, also rejected the idea of status certificates.
He said: “The government should be considering all options that could get city centres thriving again, however while [the Covid passport] may be the correct option for large capacity venues, we would not recommend using it for retail stores.
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