News Bulletin: New plan to keep Wales open and safe during “challenging” winter ahead; NHS COVID Pass to be introduced from 11 October

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8 October 2021

corona update

New plan to keep Wales open and safe during “challenging” winter ahead

The First Minister, Mark Drakeford, today published new plans to help keep Wales open and safe during the difficult autumn and winter months ahead.

The Welsh Government has published an updated Coronavirus Control Plan, which outlines the key actions, which could be put in place to control the spread of the virus.

Wales will remain at alert level zero for the next three weeks, following the latest review of the coronavirus regulations. This means all businesses are open and Wales has the lowest level of restrictions.

Read the statement in full

NHS COVID Pass to be introduced from 11 October

The use of the NHS COVID Pass will become mandatory in some settings from 7am on Monday 11 October.

The new rules will mean people over the age of 18 in Wales will need to show that they are fully vaccinated or have had a negative lateral flow test within 48 hours of attending the following venues or events:

  • nightclubs and similar venues where music is provided for dancing - but only if they serve alcohol and are open between midnight and 5am;
  • a pub or restaurant that usually stays open past midnight, with music, alcohol and dancing;
  • indoor venues with more than 500 people in the audience where some or all of the audience are unseated;
  • any outdoor or indoor venues with over 4,000 in the audience, where some or all of the audience are unseated;
  • any event, of any nature, which has more than 10,000 people in attendance.

To find out how this might impact your business, you should consider the full NHS COVID Pass Guidance for Businesses and Events, which will be available soon.

Useful COVID-19 information

As each premises is different, businesses should read all guidance. This continues to be updated so please check back regularly for the latest information.

Stay up to date with tourism industry news

We are committed to providing the support and assurance the business community needs during these unprecedented difficult times and have issued several Coronavirus (COVID-19) related bulletins which can be found on the Tourism Industry Coronavirus (COVID-19) Bulletins page. 

Business Wales is providing businesses with tailored support and advice about dealing with coronavirus, from financial and supply chain planning to advice on staffing issues. We would advise Tourism businesses and stakeholders in Wales wanting specific guidance to visit the Business Wales website or call Business Wales helpline on 03000 6 03000, and to regularly visit the Public Health Wales website for up-to-date public health information for you, your staff and your visitors.