A vaccine pass or a negative COVID-19 test will be soon required for entry into Welsh nightclubs.
From 11th October, clubs in the country will only permit access to those with an NHS COVID Pass, confirming proof of vaccination or a negative later flow test within the last 48 hours.
As part of the latest review of coronavirus restrictions in the country, proof of vaccination or a negative test will also be required for indoor no-seating events with more than 500 people, outdoor no-seating events with more than 4,000 people, and any event with more than 10,000 attendees.
Mark Drakeford, the first minister of Wales, said, “The very strong advice we have from our scientific advisers is to take early action to prevent infections from increasing further. The last thing we want is further lockdowns and for businesses to have to close their doors once again.”
At the time of writing, there have been 5,797 deaths as a result of COVID-19 in Wales, compared to more than 119,000 in England. It was revealed that vaccine passports for English nightclubs could be reimplemented with just one week’s notice.
It was also recently announced that clubs in neighbouring Scotland will be required to operate a vaccine passport scheme from 1st October. Several countries in the EU, including France, and the Netherlands, have introduced similar systems, as have parts of Germany including Berlin, where clubs are only reopening on the basis that attendees must prove full vaccination.