The New Covid Rules Which Come into Force From Monday, November 15
Posted On November 9, 2021
New rules around Covid passes and when they are needed are being introduced in Wales from Monday.
People going to the cinema, theatre or a concert hall in Wales will be required from November 15 to show a Covid pass to prove they are fully vaccinated or have had a negative lateral flow test in the previous 48 hours.
It’s an extension of the rule which already applies to people visiting nightclubs and large events in Wales.
On Tuesday, November 9, the new law passed with 39 Members of the Senedd voting for and 15 against, with the Welsh Conservatives and Liberal Democrat Jane Dodds opposed.
Rather than acting as a hindrance to the businesses affected, the Welsh Government said the extension of the pass is designed to keep cinemas and theatres open over the winter months.
Concerns continue to be raised around Covid-19 infection rates in Wales which remain higher than any other part of the UK.
Commenting on the Covid pass extension, Health Minister Eluned Morgan said: “These are all indoor, ticketed venues where people are in close contact with others for long periods of time.
“Extending the Covid pass is one more way we can strengthen the measures we have in place at alert level zero, when rates are this high, to help keep us safe and to keep Wales open.
“But we hope that, together with all the other measures we currently have in place, their use will help to bring coronavirus under control. Because we want to do everything we can to prevent the need for further, more severe restrictions of the kind we saw last winter.”
Baroness Morgan added that the NHS Covid pass for nightclubs and large events had worked well since its introduction on October 11. To get a Covid pass please go here.
“We have received positive feedback from a range of businesses and organisers of major events including following the recent rugby internationals. We will continue to work with the sectors who are implementing the scheme to best support them,” she said.
Hundreds of protesters gathered on the Senedd steps on Tuesday over claims the passes unreasonably restrict personal freedom.
Meanwhile, the guidance on self-isolation has also been changed. From October 29 anyone who is double vaccinated – as well as those aged five to 17 – should self-isolate and take a PCR test if someone in their household has symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus. If the test is negative they can stop isolating.