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How to get your Covid pass, everywhere you’ll need it, and when the new rules start

Boris Johnson announces move to 'Plan B' for Covid restrictions

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On Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the UK would initiate ‘Plan B’ of extra coronavirus preventative measures. Mr Johnson said that while the measures would be “irritating”, he said this was “not a lockdown”, and that implementing stricture rules was the “proportionate and responsible” thing to do.

How can you get a Covid pass?

To get your Covid pass, you need to use the NHS app or the online NHS COVID Pass service here.

You can also download your digital NHS COVID Pass and print it.

To get a pass, you must be 18 or over, registered with a GP, and meet any one of the following requirements on Covid:

  • It’s been two weeks since your second vaccination (or single Jansen dose)
  • You’ve had a negative PCR or lateral flow test result in the past 48 hours, and reported it on the NHS website (this pass lasts for 48 hours after the result)
  • You’ve had a positive PCR test result in the past six months, and finished self-isolating (this pass lasts for 180 days)

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)

Where will you need a Covid pass?

The venues differ for the four UK countries:

England:

  • Nightclubs
  • 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

Wales:

  • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls
  • Nightclubs and comparable venues
  • Unseated indoor live events for more than 500 people
  • Unseated outdoor live events for more than 4,000 people
  • Any event for more than 10,000 people

Scotland:

  • Nightclubs
  • Adult entertainment venues
  • Indoor events with more than 500 people
  • Unseated outdoor events with more than 4,000 people
  • Any event with more than 10,000 people

Northern Ireland:

  • Nightclubs
  • Licensed hospitality premises, including “bring your own” alcohol venues
  • Cinemas, theatres and conference halls
  • Indoor events with 500 or more attendees with some or All of the audience not normally seated
  • Outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees with some or all of the audience not normally seated
  • Events where more than 10,000 people will be present regardless of whether they are seated

What are the other new rules under Plan B?

In addition to the Covid pass requirements, face coverings will be mandatory for most indoor public venues including places of worship, theatres and cinemas, as well as in shops and on public transport.

Masks will still not be needed in hospitality settings such as pubs or restaurants, nor in venues where it is “not practical to wear them”.

The work from home guidance has also changed back to telling people they should work from home “if they can”.

When do the rules come into force?

From Friday, December 10: Face masks will be required in more public settings

From Monday, December 13: People will be asked to work from home where possible

From Wednesday, December 15: The NHS Covid Pass will be required

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