People in Wales will have to show a COVID passport to enter cinemas, theaters and concerts, it has been announced.
Evidence of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests have been required to enter nightclubs and similar places in the country since October 11th.
But the Welsh parliament has now extended the rules to include cinemas, theaters and concert halls from 15 November.
Health and Social Services Minister Eluned Morgan said: “I am pleased that the extension has been agreed today after the vote. COVID has not disappeared and cases remain high and we need to continue to take steps to keep Wales safe.
“The NHS COVID Pass is a measure among many to help keep businesses open, while also helping to control the spread of the virus.
“The decision to introduce them has not been taken lightly, and the places that will be covered are indoors and see a large number of people being close together for extended periods.
“Since October 11, people have been required to show an NHS COVID passport or a recent negative lateral flow test result to enter nightclubs, similar places and events, and the service is working well.
“We have received positive feedback from a number of companies and organizers of major events, including after the recent rugby national matches.
“We will continue to work with the sectors that implement the scheme to best support them.”
Big Brother Watch said it would launch a legal challenge against the “authoritarian, invasive and ignorant” scheme.
It comes as parts of Wales have the highest coronavirus prices throughout the UK.
The peat has the highest infection rate with 663 new cases during the seven days up to 5 November – corresponding to 699.1 per. 100,000 people.
That is a drop from 756.1 in the seven days to October 29th.
And the Vale of Glamorgan has the second-highest rate, a slight drop from 732.5 to 697.0, with 943 new cases.
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