People will have to show an NHS Covid pass to enter nightclubs and attend many events in Wales starting next month, Prime Minister Mark Drakeford announced.
Drakeford encouraged people to work from home whenever possible and to get fully vaccinated if they weren’t already. He said that the application of measures such as the use of face covers in closed public places and in public transport would be increased.
Wales is at alert level 0 and will remain so for the next three weeks, but the Labor-led government said the number of Covid cases was “very high.”
Drakeford said: “Across Wales, coronavirus cases have risen to very high levels over the summer as more people have been gathering and gathering. Tragically, more people die from this terrible virus.
“The very strong advice we have from our scientific advisers is to take early action to prevent infections from increasing further. The last thing we want is more closings and companies having to close their doors once more. That is why we must take small but significant steps now to control the spread of the virus and reduce the need for stricter measures in the future. “
The Welsh government is calling the scheme an NHS Covid pass, rather than a vaccination passport.
The requirement to present a pass will take effect on October 11. Everyone over 18 must have a pass to enter:
Indoor, non-seated events for more than 500 people, such as concerts or conventions.
Open-air events without seats for more than 4,000 people.
Any stage or event with more than 10,000 attendees.
People who are fully vaccinated in Wales can now download the NHS Covid pass to display and share their vaccine status and show if they have had a negative lateral flow test in the last 48 hours.
Drakeford said: “We have high levels of the virus in our communities and while our fantastic vaccination program has helped prevent thousands more from getting seriously ill or dying, the pressure on the NHS is mounting. We hope that the introduction of the requirement to show a Covid pass will help keep venues and events open, many of which have recently started trading.
“Showing a Covid pass is already part of our collective effort to keep businesses open, with some major events like the successful Green Man festival using it. We will continue to work closely with all affected companies to ensure a smooth introduction and operation of this system. ”