He is expected to announce for the first time that the Government is developing the so-called ‘passport’ scheme to allow the safe return of indoor gatherings without social distancing.
Mr Johnson has scrapped the plan of making punters show proof before entering hospitality businesses, following uproar from the industry and a significant number of Tory MPs.
It has also been decided that certification will not need to be shown when entering shops and on public transport.
Under the Government’s road map, non-essential retail and outdoor dining at pubs, restaurants and cafes will be permitted to return April 12, with indoor service expected from May 17.
The Covid-19 certificates will only be applied to mass gatherings and indoor events such as theatres, sporting venues and nightclubs.
They would prove that a person has either been vaccinated, has received a recent negative test, or has antibodies after catching the virus within the last six months.
It is understood the system will mostly work via an NHS app where people’s health statuses will be recorded, while those without smart phones or people with medical exemptions will receive a paper certificate.
But senior Government sources told The Telegraph that the scheme will take ‘months, not weeks’ to develop.
One said it is unlikely to be ready before September, while another insider added: ‘I don’t expect it to be until much later in the year.’
A number of pilots to test the efficacy of the schemes will take place across the country from mid-April.
The first trial is due to take place on April 16 at the Hot Water Comedy Club in Liverpool and will be followed two days later by the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
Other events include the World Snooker Championship at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre – running from from April 17 to May 3 – and a mass participation run at Hatfield House on April 24 and 25.
The pilots will culminate with the FA Cup Final, again at Wembley, on May 15.
Mr Johnson is also expected to set out plans for a ‘traffic light’ system that would come into effect once the travel ban is lifted.
The scheme would rate countries based on their level of risk, awarding them a ‘green’, ‘amber’ or ‘red’ status.
Travellers arriving into England from ‘green’ countries will not have to isolate but will have to take tests before and after flying.
Rules will remain the same for passengers arriving from ‘amber’ or ‘red’ countries meaning they will have to isolate or go into quarantine hotels.