By Ron Howells • 05 October 2021 • 19:50
Welsh Parliament permits plans to introduce COVID passes in Wales
Welsh Parliament permits plans proposed by the Welsh Government to introduce COVID passes in Wales.
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford’s plan to make Covid passes mandatory for nightclubs and mass events in Wales has been approved by the Senedd (Welsh Parliament). Labour’s Covid passes plan passed by 28 votes to 27.
Plaid Cymru’s Rhun ap Iorwerth has said earlier that the regulations proposed by the Welsh government “today raise more questions than they provide answers”.
“There is insufficient evidence and little detail on how it will work in practice. In particular, the rapid test loophole, which represents a fudge on the part of the government, makes the system open to exploitation.”
He added: “We’ve asked many questions and haven’t been given the assurances we’ve sought. And it’s for that reason that we feel unable to support these regulations today.”
Nightclub industry representatives were also opposed to the measures, while a few hundred protesters gathered on the steps of the Senedd this afternoon, Tuesday, October 5.
The health minister, Eluned Morgan, said Covid cases were increasing across Wales, especially among young people, with rates for under 25s about 1,000 per 100,000 people. Morgan said these were the people most likely to go to venues such as nightclubs. She said keeping such venues open had not been an easy decision in the light of such high Covid rates. “We are facing some of the highest rates we have seen since the start of the pandemic. We have to do something to stop the turbocharging.”
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