Wales disposes of COVID-19 vaccine passports at indoor and outdoor venues


The Welsh government has abolished the requirement for a COVID-19 vaccine passport as a condition of participation in both indoor and outdoor events.

The Labor government in the region introduced a compulsory COVID pass in October 2021 requiring customers to check vaccination status at venues such as sports grounds, night clubs, cinemas, theaters and concert halls. ..

On February 17, Dawn Bowden, Deputy Minister of Arts and Sports of the Government of Wales, announced that the restrictions would be lifted the next day.

“We are confident that the number of vaccinations and boosters has increased and that the prevalence of coronavirus has declined thanks to the efforts and efforts of Wales as a whole, and we look forward to a brighter time in the future,” he said in a statement. Said in.

However, the minister said that if the venue chose to do so, it could require proof of vaccination as a condition of admission.

Welsh conservatives, who are critical of the use of the COVID pass, welcomed the decision to withdraw the measure.

Shadow Health Minister Russell George said:

“This illicit measure has shown no signs of success and has proven to only burden businesses and consumers. Far from being worth it, they were harmful and destructive.”

He said the Labor administration “shouldn’t have put them on the table in the first place,” given “all the problems associated with vaccine passports and their lack of effectiveness.”

The Welsh government’s COVID-19 restrictions are significantly more stringent than the UK restrictions and have been criticized by the UK conservative government.

Simon Hart, the Secretary of State for Wales of the UK government, said last month that strict regulations in Wales did not produce better results than in other parts of the UK, “suppressing recovery and curbing economic activity.” rice field.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on February 9 that people who tested positive for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus in the UK may not need to be legally quarantined later this month.

This will end all national CCP virus regulations in the UK.

Welsh conservatives said they wanted the Welsh government to follow suit.

“Our focus is now to secure our commitment to the end of all COVID laws and force the Labor government to stop focusing on pet projects so that Wales can get back on track and recover from the pandemic. It’s moving. Do it, “George said.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan

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