The covid passport is set to become a reality for certain places like hospitals, residences, and hospitality venues from 3 December if the regional High Court gives it the go ahead. The aim is to limit access by the unvaccinated to closed venues or locations where maintaining social distance is more difficult.
Following the interdepartmental meeting of the regional government this morning, Valencia president, Ximo Puig, held a press conference where he outlined the situations in which the covid certificate would be required.
Puig said he had requested the High Court authorise the mandatory use of covid passports in the following situations:
- Hospitality and restaurant establishments with capacity of more than 50.
- Leisure and training venues.
- Casinos and bingo halls where food is served.
- Hospital visits.
- Residences, both public and private.
- Events, weddings, baptisms, communions and music festivals.
In order to access these venues individuals will need to prove that they have been fully vaccinated, had a negative PCR test within the past 72 hours, or a negative antigen test within the past 48 hours, or recovered from covid-19 within the past six months.
The covid passport can be presented on paper or on a mobile but always with proof of identity and Puig was very clear that establishments would not keep any of the personal details nor make databases to protect personal information.
The covid passport will be valid from the day after it is published in the Diario Oficial de la Comunitat Valenciana, where new laws are officially listed, having first been authorised by the High Court. It will be in place for 30 days and the regional government hopes that it will be in place for Christmas and New Year, as well as the holiday at the start of December. Puig explained: “the plan is that the restriction comes into force around 3 December.”
However, the covid passport will not be necessary in cinemas, theatres, gyms or restaurant terraces.
During the press conference Puig made another plea to those who have not yet been vaccinated to do so and pointed out that the unvaccinated “are 20 times more likely to end up in hospital or in intensive care once infected with covid.“
The government’s main aim is to protect the health of the population and guarantee the right to life, he said. He also stressed three key measures: vaccination, covid passport and prevention with facemasks, social distancing and ventilation.
Currently there are 300,000 Valencians who have yet to be vaccinated against coronavirus and the objective of the regional government is for 100% of the population to be inoculated, said Puig.
He ruled out imposing more restrictions at this stage to slow the rise in infections, but he warned that “The circumstances always dictate” what has to be done.
In Aragón, Catalonia and Murcia the covid passport has already been approved, while in the Basque Country the proposal for its introduction by the regional government was rejected by the courts.