A valid NHS COVID Pass will become an entry requirement for nightclubs and events in Wales from next month, First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.
The measure, which will require people to show proof that they have been fully vaccinated or show proof that they have had a negative lateral flow test result within the last 48 hours, is designed to help control the spread of COVID-19.
Rates of COVID-19 are currently very high in Wales, with the latest 7-day case rate standing at 487.6 cases per 100,000 people.
Despite the high case rate, Wales is set to remain at Alert Level Zero, where there are minimal coronavirus restrictions, for at least the next three weeks. Measures to raise awareness and enforcement of protection measures such as the wearing of face coverings will though be increased.
Announcing the COVID Pass requirement, First Minister Mark Drakeford said;
“We have high levels of the virus in our communities and while our fantastic vaccination programme has helped stop thousands more people from becoming seriously ill or dying, the pressure on the NHS is increasing.
“We hope introducing the requirement to show a COVID pass will help keep venues and events – many of which have only recently started trading again – open.
“Showing a COVID Pass is already part of our collective effort to keep businesses open with some major events, such as the successful Green Man Festival, using it. We will continue to work closely with all businesses affected to ensure a smooth introduction and operation of this system.
“We want to do everything we can to Keep Wales Safe as we head into the autumn.”
Some have touted the move to introduce COVID passports as a sensible measure given the high case rate, while others have warned it may have a detrimental impact on the nighttime industry.
When will the NHS COVID Pass be required?
The requirement to show an NHS COVID Pass will come into force across Wales from 11 October for all over 18s.
A valid NHS COVID Pass will be required for entry to the following venues;
- All nightclubs
- Indoor, non-seated events for more than 500 people – such as concerts or conventions
- Outdoor non-seated events for more than 4,000 people
- Any setting or event with more than 10,000 people in attendance