Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

From Monday morning, the rules regarding participation in major events in Wales will have changed.

From kl. 7 on October 11, you now need proof that you have either been fully vaccinated or have had a negative Covid test in the last 48 hours before you can go to nightclubs, indoor non-seated events for more than 500 people , outdoor non-seated events for more than 4,000 people and any event with more than 10,000 people.

But there are big questions. We know that there was no overwhelming support from politicians, and we know that companies have real concerns about how it will work in practice.

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There are also big questions about when a bar will become a nightclub and how it will work at major sporting events, especially with Wales rugby and football international matches coming up and fans traveling from different parts of the UK where different rules are on space.

What is the passport?

The NHS Covid Pass can be accessed via a smartphone, tablet or computer that produces a 2D barcode that can be displayed on your phone, downloaded to an Apple or Google wallet or downloaded as a PDF.

The 2D barcode app has an expiration date, which is scanned somewhere with an NHS COVID Pass Verifier app, which can be downloaded from the Apple or Google store to a smart device. It does not store or pass on personal data during the scanning process.

People can also show their proof of vaccination letter. They carry the stamps of the health authorities of all four nations and will be accepted.

Why do I need it?

The Welsh Government says this pass will help reduce the chance of large groups of people becoming a “super-spreader event”, as we saw with events such as the Boardmasters Festival. It says this is the best chance that this kind of event and venue will be allowed to continue operating during a period when cases in Wales are high.

Health Minister Eluned Morgan said last week: “We have not taken lightly the decision to introduce such measures. Where we know that the rates among those under 25 are around 1,000 per 100,000 people and that this age group is most likely to participate some of these venues, especially nightclubs, we take these measures to support venues to stay open and allow events to continue to take place through a potentially very difficult and challenging fall and winter.To keep these venues open is not an easy decision in light of such high Covid rates.

As we head towards winter, it is important that we all work together to keep Wales safe. “

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Haven’t I used one before?

Maybe. The NHS Covid Passport has already been in use in Wales for four months and has been downloaded and used by thousands of people who already have access to events and to travel abroad. Some concerts have insisted that people have one before allowing access.

What if I want to show that I have had a negative lateral flow test?

Customers can show that they have had a negative lateral flow test. You can either view the official email or text message from the government. The results are valid for 48 hours if they appear in the Covid passport.

Is there an app?

England has an app, but Wales will not be available until New Year, when a bilingual app will be shown live. That means you have to view it via a web browser, or if you download it via your Apple or Google Wallet or PDF.

Why does it say ‘Valid in England’?

Passports downloaded early in the process may say “valid in England”. That changed on October 7th, and anyone downloaded after that date will simply say “Valid”. If you had chosen to have the PDF version and it still says “valid in England”, do not worry we will be told that it will still be accepted.

Are all kinds of events excluded?

  • It is a nightclub, but at the relevant time does not play music that people can dance to
  • The event is outdoors, does not need a ticket or people to pay an entrance fee, and the premises have several entry points, e.g. a free fireworks or farmers market
  • It’s a protest or picketing
  • mass participation in sporting events, such as a marathon, triathlon or bicycle race
  • Weddings, civil partnerships or waking up

Should everyone attending an event show their passport?

No. The guide to venues states that they must take “reasonable measures” to ensure that people entering a venue are eligible to enter.

What is considered reasonable will vary at different times and for different venues depending on the capacity and its normal operating procedures (for example, it is normal for nightclubs to check numbers by operating a queue outside the premises, but it is not normal or safe for there must be large queues outside a major football or rugby match).

Each location must make a risk assessment. But the Welsh government says it expects smaller venues to control everyone entering.

Does anyone need to show the Covid passport?

If you are under the age of 18, you do not need to, nor if you work or volunteer in the premises where the event takes place.

What are the sanctions?

Premises may be subject to an improvement notice or closed.

Individuals can receive a £ 60 fine and the maximum fine for businesses is £ 10,000.

There is also a new offense of falsifying information or test results to gain access to a site.

What if I’m outside the UK?

EU citizens must provide an EU covid certificate or a negative lateral flow test.

U.S. citizens must provide a vaccination card to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plus confirmation of identification or a negative lateral flow test to enter.

All other participants must present evidence of negative lateral flow tests.

When international travel regulations change, it is likely that more countries will be able to provide an accepted proof of vaccination – e.g. Australia and New Zealand.

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