From today, Covid permits are required in Wales.
COVID passes are now required for all major events and nightclubs in Wales.
To gain access to select places, those over the age of 18 must now present a negative coronavirus test or verify that they are completely vaccinated.
Nightclubs and indoor non-seated events for more than 500 persons, such as concerts, are subject to the laws.
It also applies to outdoor non-seated events with a capacity of more than 4,000 people, as well as any location with a capacity of more than 10,000 people.
Last Tuesday, the Welsh Senedd passed the law by a single vote.
The Welsh Conservatives, Plaid Cymru, and the Liberal Democrats were all against it.
Nightclub owners have also blasted the restriction, with some claiming that the industry is being “singled out” after a rough 18 months.
The Covid passes, according to Welsh Economy Minister Vaughan Gething, are a critical instrument in halting the spread of the virus and preventing another lockdown.
“Our fantastic vaccination program continues to grow in strength, but the pandemic is far from over,” he said.
“Cases are still on the rise in Wales, and families throughout the country are losing loved ones to this terrible infection.”
“Our scientific advisers have stated unequivocally that we must act quickly.
“The Covid Pass is just one of a number of measures in place to help prevent the spread of coronavirus while also keeping the economy open.”
“None of us want to see further lockdowns or businesses being forced to close their doors.”
Most coronavirus safeguards, such as passes and face coverings, will be in place until at least next year, according to Wales’ First Minister, Mark Drakeford.
“Wearing a mask in crowded public areas, continuing to ask people to work from home, and a Covid pass for high-risk settings are the suite of steps we believe will see us through this autumn and winter without needing to do anything else,” he said.
“However, I expect them to persist through the first quarter of next year.”
People must produce a negative lateral flow test result within the last 48 hours to attend events where it is required, and a Covid pass can be obtained using the NHS app or website.
People can either obtain a printed copy of their immunization letter or show proof of being doubly jabbed on the app.
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