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Covid Passes now needed to enter cinemas, theatres and concert halls, says Welsh Gov

15 Nov 2021 2 minutes Read
A cinema during Covid restrictions. Picture by Jorge Franganillo (CC BY 2.0).

Covid Passes will now be needed to enter cinemas, theatres and concert halls in Wales from today (Monday 15 November 2021).

The Welsh Government says that the extension of the Covid Pass is one of a number of measures to be strengthened to help keep people safe and businesses open while Wales remains at alert level zero but cases of coronavirus 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 approved by Members of the Senedd in a vote on 9 November.

Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, Dawn Bowden 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.”

Cinemas, theatres and concert halls are all indoor venues where large numbers of people spend long periods close together.

‘Month ago’

Health Minister, Eluned Morgan added: “The COVID Pass was introduced just over a month ago for entry to nightclubs and larger indoor and outdoor events. The feedback we have had suggests the system is working well.

“We will continue to work with the sectors introducing the pass to support them.”

For further information visit https://gov.wales/get-your-nhs-covid-pass

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Popsie
Popsie
12 days ago

Every single one of WAG initiatives works, ‘very well’. Such genius!

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
12 days ago
Reply to  Popsie

‘WAG’ ??? 🤔 There’s been no such thing for 10 years…..obviously dont live in Wales

Llywelyn ein Llyw Nesaf
Llywelyn ein Llyw Nesaf
12 days ago

Can’t quite understand why this is so complicated.

I have a card from my GP which records my two vaccinations, with date, vaccine type, and batch number. Apparantly this doesn’t count as proof of vaccination. To get proof I need to phone someone who will send me a letter (in a week’s time) which will repeat the information ion my card. And which expires in 30 days.

Let’s be fair, is this a good use of scarce resources?

What Ismyname
What Ismyname
12 days ago

I totally agree. I had my booster 10 days ago, but will now have restrictions on my life due to the complexity of getting a pass and the long wait entailed for something that only lasts a few weeks.

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
12 days ago

You can download a digital copy of your covid pass to your phone – it will appear on your phone immediately once downloaded.

What Ismyname
What Ismyname
12 days ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

You need to go to some English NHS website, wait at least two weeks for a log in and then find some phone app. However, even without the matter of the wait, I can only do things like this on my desktop PC. The phone screen and keyboard are too small to deal with complicated procedures like this where accuracy is required.

John Brooks
John Brooks
12 days ago

Problem for me is that here in Wales, despite more restrictions, we have a higher rate per 100,000 than in England. If these restrictions work surely our rate should be lower.

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
12 days ago
Reply to  John Brooks

Our infection rates were much higher than england’s before covid passes were introduced. Since passes were introduced in wales our infection rates have started to fall

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