From 7 a.m. on Monday, people attending nightclubs in Wales will be required to show a Covid Pass.
But how does it work for venues that have a dance floor, or that are a nightclub at certain times? And when does a pub or bar that plays music become a nightclub?
The regulations define a room as being somewhere:
- Authorized for the sale or supply of alcohol
- When live or recorded music is provided to members of the public or members of the venue for dancing, including nightclubs, discos and dance halls
- Which are open anytime between midnight and 5 a.m.
This means venues will have to apply for – and customers will have to show – a Covid Pass at all times if they are open and provide music for people to dance to.
However, if a nightclub (or similar venue) is open but does not play music for people to dance to, they are exempt from applying for the passes. No matter what time it is, if there is music to dance to, and no background music, the rules must be followed.
For example, as Christmas approaches, if a DJ plays music for the Christmas parties in the afternoon, the Covid Pass regulations come into effect.
But the opening hours of the room are also taken into account. If it is a place that closes at 11 p.m. for example – before the midnight deadline specified in the regulations – it can play music for dancing and people would not be required to produce their Covid Pass.
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The Welsh government is adamant about supporting businesses for the Covid Pass program and officials say it is the best way to ensure sites can remain open as cases increase in Wales.
Presenting the policy ahead of a chaotic vote in the Senedd on Tuesday, Health Minister Eluned Morgan said: “We did not make the decision to introduce such measures lightly. Where we know the rates are among the lowest 25 years old is around 1,000 per 100,000 people, and that age group is most likely to frequent some of these places, especially nightclubs.
“We are taking these steps to help the venues stay open and allow events to continue to unfold through a potentially very tough and difficult fall and winter. Keeping these venues open is not an easy decision in light of rates. Covid as high. “
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