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The latest information on the new Covid pass rules

From 15 December 2021, new rules have been introduced to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 at nightclubs, music venues and larger indoor/outdoor events.

Some venues and events are now legally required to check the Covid status of visitors. These venues include:

—Indoor unseated venues with more than 500 people
—Unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people
—Any venue with more than 10,000 people

You can now only enter these venues if you can show:

—An NHS Covid pass confirming you’ve been vaccinated with two doses of an approved vaccine (or a single-dose of Janssen vaccine)
—A negative PCR or rapid lateral flow test (LFT) result, taken within the last 48 hours (the NHS Covid pass can also show this, as long as you’ve reported the LFT)
—You have a medical exemption or are taking part in a clinical trial
—Proof of natural immunity – for instance, a positive PCR test taken in the past six months – is not accepted as an alternative to proof of vaccination or a recent test

Some large events aren’t included in the rules, including communal worship, wedding ceremonies, funerals, protests and mass-participation sporting events (such as a marathon).

What is a Covid Pass and how do I get one?
The NHS Covid Pass lets individuals share their coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination and test results in a secure way. It looks like a QR code and can be stored digitally, on a phone or other device, or printed off for a physical copy. Different passes are required for domestic use and foreign travel.

You can get a Covid pass for domestic use via the NHS app if you’re 18 or over, registered with a GP, and meet any of the following conditions:

—It’s been two weeks since your second vaccination (or single Jansen dose)
—You’ve had a negative PCR or lateral flow test (LFT) result in the past 48 hours, and reported it on the NHS website (this pass lasts 48 hours after the result)

Over-16s can also get the NHS Covid pass for foreign travel if:
—You’ve had two vaccine doses (or one Jansen jab)
—You’ve had a positive PCR test result in the past six months, and finished self-isolating (this pass lasts for 180 days)
—If you don’t have a GP, or mobile, you can access the pass via the NHS website or by calling 119 to request a letter. These letter will show your vaccination status (not test results), and has no expiry date.

How do I use the NHS Covid Pass/letter?
When going to one of the above venue categories, have your pass ready for checking, in the same way you would with a concert ticket. Venue attendants can then scan the code from your device or printed copy.

If you need any additional information about Covid passes or the requirements for other parts of the UK, please visit the NHS website.

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