Amendment: Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) Regulations 2020

11 October 2021

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 are amended from 7am on 11th October 2021 to -

The regulations are amended to -

insert a new regulation 16A, which -

requires the person responsible for certain premises to take reasonable measures to ensure that adults are on the premises only if they have what is commonly referred to as a 'COVID pass' (that is – evidence of either vaccination, participation in a relevant vaccine trial, a negative test for coronavirus, or a positive test within the last 6 months which has been followed by the appropriate period of isolation);

outlines the premises it applies to, as -

nightclubs and other places where music is provided for dancing if they serve alcohol and are open at any time between 12 midnight and 5 a.m. (and the requirement to have a COVID pass applies to such premises at any time, including times outside these hours, if they are open and are providing music for people to dance);

premises where an event is being held with over 10,000 people in attendance if they are all seated, or over 500 indoors and 4,000 outdoors if they are not all seated;

provides exceptions to the requirement for -

premises holding wedding or civil partnership receptions, or wakes;

open air events which are free and unticketed, and which have multiple entry points;

protests and picketing;

open air mass-participation sporting events such as running and cycling races;

applies to venues that do not always provide music for dancing, only at those times when music for dancing is provided;

exempts those working or providing a voluntary service at premises, from being required to have evidence of vaccination or testing in order to be on the premises;

inserts a new regulation 30A, which permits enforcement officers (police officers and police community support officers and any other person designated for the purposes of this regulation) to require evidence from a person who an officer suspects may be in possession of false or misleading evidence of a person's vaccination or testing status;

creates an offence in new regulation 40A of possessing false or misleading evidence relating to vaccination or coronavirus test results;

makes consequential amendments to Schedule 8 to the principal Regulations (which provides for enforcement of the 'reasonable measures' regime in Part 4 of those Regulations) so as to permit local authority enforcement officers to use the powers in the Schedule in relation to reasonable measures taken under new regulation 16A.

Please see our coronavirus document for an overview of further legislation relating to the Coronavirus.

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