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Wales extends Covid Pass to ‘keep Wales open’

Written by: Emma Lunn
You now need to show a Covid Pass to enter concerts, cinemas and theatres in Wales after the country’s Covid Pass scheme was extended.

The passes are already used for entry to nightclubs, large events, and sports venues in Wales.

The Welsh government said the extension of the Covid pass was necessary to help keep people safe and businesses open while coronavirus cases are very high.

The guidance on self-isolation has also been changed and people are being encouraged to work from home to help bring the virus under control.

The extension of the pass was proposed last month and approved by Members of the Senedd in a vote on 9 November.

Dawn Bowden, deputy minister for arts and sport, said: “Cases of coronavirus in Wales are very high at the moment and we all need to work together to bring them under control.

“Extending the use of the Covid Pass to cinemas, theatres and concert halls is another way we can strengthen the measures we have in place to keep us all safe. I understand the challenges this sector has faced during the pandemic – this will help keep these businesses open during the difficult autumn and winter months ahead.

“We want to do everything we can to keep Wales open and to keep Wales safe and to give people the confidence to return to these venues.”

A Covid pass shows whether someone has been fully vaccinated or whether they have had a negative lateral flow test in the past 48 hours. Pubs, restaurants and cafes might also require passes in the future if infections continue to increase.

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