Wales is still in a “critical” situation with coronavirus, but there are currently no plans to introduce Covid passports to more venues.
At the weekly Welsh Government press conference, Finance Minister Rebecca Evans said the Cabinet was not yet looking at extending Covid passports further despite the Prime Minister’s warning that it was a possibility.
The latest review would normally take place on Friday with information released Thursday night, but this week it will be announced Wednesday night, November 17th. At the last review, Mark Drakeford said venues should spend the next three weeks preparing.
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He said at the time: “The hospitality industry needs to spend the next three weeks preparing for the possibility that Covid passports may need to be introduced in that setting.”
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The rules were extended yesterday (Monday, November 15).
WalesOnline asked the Minister of Finance, given the fluctuating case rates, the circumstances under which access cards to hospitality venues would be introduced. Some venues have expressed concern in response to the Prime Minister’s warning that they may be required in venues.
Mrs Evans said she could not provide details on how such a scheme would be measured as there were currently no plans to introduce it.
“We have no immediate plans to introduce these Covid passports more widely than they are at present.
“As of yesterday, they have been expanded to theaters, concert halls and cinemas, and there is an ongoing discussion with the hospitality sector more broadly about what we can do to ensure people are safe in these environments. But there is no immediate plan like me can talk about because there is no immediate plan to impose such requirements. “
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She also said it was positive in terms of case numbers, but added: “We are still in a rather critical situation and the amount of coronavirus in our community is still very high. So there is a lot we also need to do individually and collectively to keep every other safe “.
Following this week’s review, the next one is due out on December 10th.
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