Swansea cinema told to shut down after disregarding COVID pass laws

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The owner of the cinema previously called the rules “nonsense”

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A cinema in Swansea has been ordered to close after the owner refused to comply with Welsh COVID pass laws.

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Cinema & Co owner Anna Redfern said earlier this week she would not comply with Welsh government regulations that require customers to show NHS COVID passes to legally enter cinemas, theaters and concert halls. Is.

talking to BBC, Redfern confirmed that he had been asked by Swansea Council to close the cinema.

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The council is now “considering further steps” after Cinema & Co remained open on Friday (November 19). The closure notice can remain in force for 28 days.

Dear customers. As an independent business, we will not implement redundant and unnecessary COVID passports…

was published by Cinema & Company Feather Monday, November 15, 2021

Speaking about the earlier decision, Redfern said: “I know a lot of businesses that are following it out of fear, I hope by making a stand like this it will give others the courage to follow suit. “

He said: “We should make these decisions for ourselves and not the government. They should not become the gatekeepers of culture.”

The new laws have been implemented following a surge of COVID cases in Wales. While case rates have declined, First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed in a recent 21-day review (via) ITV News) COVID regulations in the region will remain unchanged.

The COVID pass rule was extended to include theatres, cinemas and concert halls in Wales on 15 November, which requires anyone to prove they have either been fully vaccinated or have been vaccinated for the past 48 years. A negative lateral flow test has occurred within hours.

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Speaking about the law at the time, the Welsh Government said: “The use of an NHS COVID pass for cinemas, theaters and concert halls is required by law in Wales – it is not optional for these venues.

“Coronavirus cases are very high in Wales. The NHS COVID Pass is another way we are strengthening the measures we have in place to keep us all safe. ,

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