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Covid pass no longer required for indoor or outdoor events.

Written by on 17th February 2022

The legal requirement to show a Covid Pass to enter certain venues and events in Wales has now been lifted by the Welsh Government. 

 

The move comes as the Welsh Government continues to lift some of its remaining coronavirus protections as cases continue to fall.

From today (Friday 18 February), the domestic Covid Pass will no longer be required for entry into indoor or outdoor events and venues, including nightclubs, cinemas, theatres and concert halls. But events and venues will be able to continue to use it if they choose to.

The international Covid Pass will continue to be integral to arrangements for safer international travel. Travellers will need to check the relevant countries’ rules for entry, including any different requirements for children.

Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, Dawn Bowden said:

“When it was introduced, the Covid Pass was part of a suite of measures to give people confidence, keep businesses open and to keep Wales safe.

“I’d like to thank all the sectors for their cooperation and feedback during this challenging time.

“With increasing numbers of people vaccinated and boosted and thanks to the hard work and efforts of everyone across Wales, we are confident that coronavirus rates are falling and we can look forward to brighter times ahead.”

Commenting ahead of the change, Welsh Conservative and Shadow Health Minister Russell George MS said:

“I am delighted to finally see the back of these totally failed, coercive, ineffective, costly, and unproven vaccine passports.

“This illiberal measure has never shown any sign of success, proving only to be a burden on businesses and consumers. Far from being worthwhile, they were harmful and disruptive.

“As the Welsh Conservatives highlighted before their introduction, it is the duty of all legislators to make good law and strike down bad law – given all the issues that came with vaccine passports and their lack of effectiveness, Labour should never have put them on the table in the first place.

“Our focus now moves to securing commitments to the end of all Covid laws and forcing the Labour Government to end their focus on pet projects so Wales can get back on track and recover from the pandemic, even if Labour’s record suggests they will be incapable of doing so.”