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Welsh politicians will tonight decide whether to follow Scotland and force people going to nightclubs and other mass events to show Covid passports on entry. 

First Minister Mark Drakeford’s Labour needs support from Plaid Cymru to force through legislation akin to that introduced by Nicola Sturgeon in the Senedd.

Welsh Tories and Liberal Democrats have vowed to vote against the plan, meaning he will need backing from at least one Plaid Cymru vote in Cardiff tonight.

The nationalists are meeting this morning to decide which way to vote, giving them the balance of power in a decision that will affect more than three million people.

As well as clubs they will be required for indoor non-seated events with more than 500 people, outdoor non-seated events with more than 4,000 people and any events with more than 10,000 people attending.

It would come  into force on October 11, meaning that if the law is passed rugby fans attending Wales’ autumn games against the All Blacks, Australia and South Africa would require them

Welsh Conservative shadow health minister, Russell George slammed the ‘wide-ranging ethical, equality, privacy, legal, and operational ramifications’ of passports. 

First Minister Mark Drakeford's Labour needs support from Plaid Cymru to force through legislation akin to that introduced by Nicola Sturgeon in the Senedd.

First Minister Mark Drakeford's Labour needs support from Plaid Cymru to force through legislation akin to that introduced by Nicola Sturgeon in the Senedd.

First Minister Mark Drakeford’s Labour needs support from Plaid Cymru to force through legislation akin to that introduced by Nicola Sturgeon in the Senedd.

Welsh Tories and Liberal Democrats have vowed to vote against the plan, meaning he will need backing from at least one Plaid Cymru vote in Cardiff tonight

Welsh Tories and Liberal Democrats have vowed to vote against the plan, meaning he will need backing from at least one Plaid Cymru vote in Cardiff tonight

Welsh Tories and Liberal Democrats have vowed to vote against the plan, meaning he will need backing from at least one Plaid Cymru vote in Cardiff tonight

It would come into force on October 11, meaning that if the law is passed rugby fans attending Wales' autumn games against the All Blacks (2019 World Cup match pictured), Australia and South Africa would require them

It would come into force on October 11, meaning that if the law is passed rugby fans attending Wales' autumn games against the All Blacks (2019 World Cup match pictured), Australia and South Africa would require them

It would come into force on October 11, meaning that if the law is passed rugby fans attending Wales’ autumn games against the All Blacks (2019 World Cup match pictured), Australia and South Africa would require them

‘Indeed, even Labour’s own First Minister opposed such a proposal in July when he informed the Senedd he was against the idea of people having to show a COVID passport to enter a venue or event in Wales,’ he added.

‘The timing of its implementation in Wales by ministers is questionable and will come some weeks after the peak in the Labour Government’s own modelling of the latest wave, and some two months after these large-scale events resumed and venues across the country.

‘And there are many questions over the effectiveness and enforcement of such a measure, particularly with regards to testing, and the impact it will have on businesses, jobs and Wales’ economic recovery.

‘For many people across Wales, even those who might support such a restriction, this sadly looks like another example of Labour ministers in Cardiff Bay closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.’

Under the plans, anyone entering nightclubs or other mass attendance events would need to show proof of their full Covid vaccination, or a negative lateral flow test taken within the previous 48 hours. 

Meanwhile a demonstration is expected outside the Senedd this afternoon ahead of the vote. 

It has been organised by Big Brother Watch, which says the passports maginalise the sick and embolden anti-vaxxers.

The Night Time Industries Association’s Welsh Commission warned that the plan would ‘represent a significant barrier for operations in our industry’.

In a statement it said: ‘We remain disappointed and disheartened that the First Minister has felt such measures should be mandatory for our venues, despite no such policy deemed necessary at present for our counterparts in England. 

‘We remain frustrated that the implementation of these passports come at a time where operators simply cannot afford the extra resource, the financial burden and the logistical challenges brought by a change in operations. 

‘And we remain confused that the serious concerns of our sector have been overlooked by the Welsh Government, with unclear guidelines and regulations showing no consideration of practicality.’

Source: Daily Mail UK

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