The Welsh Government's new Covid pass measures have been narrowly approved in the Senedd this evening, despite opposition from Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Conservatives.

The motion was approved 28 to 27, with no abstentions.

This means that the policy will now be rolled out across Wales from Monday 11th October, and a valid NHS Covid Pass will be required to enter nightclubs, large events and other venues serving alcohol and "playing music for dancing".

It will also become an offence to provide false or misleading information about your Covid status in order to get a pass.

Plaid Cymru announced their intention to vote against the motion at the last minute this evening, when the party's health spokesperson, Rhun ap Iorwerth, expressed concern about the lack of robust evidence to support the policy, and said too few details had been provided on how it would work in practice.

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"Since the start of this pandemic, Plaid Cymru has been ready to support the introduction of a range of measures to limit the transmission of the coronavirus - even in situations where sometimes quite severe limitations have been imposed on our freedoms," Iorwerth said.

"Regrettably, the regulations proposed by Welsh Government today raise more questions than they provide answers.

"There is insufficient evidence and little detail on how it will work in practice.

"In particular, the rapid test loophole which represents a fudge on the part of the Government, makes the system open to exploitation - and it’s for that reason that we feel unable to support these regulations today.

"We are not voting against because of issues of principle."

Delyth Jewell, Plaid MS for South Wales East, said that it was unclear whether the policy was designed to increase vaccination rates or to control the spread of the virus.

The government asserts that the new system will control transmission and allow nightclubs and other sporting and cultural venues to remain open during the winter.

The National Wales: Health minister Eluned Morgan said that not backing the policy would be negligentHealth minister Eluned Morgan said that not backing the policy would be negligent

Health minister Eluned Morgan said during the debate: "Every day we hesitate, [Covid] rates go up - and every day we hesitate, those rates will put more pressure on our NHS services.

"Let's be clear: not accepting this suggests that you're happy to do nothing in the next few weeks."

The Welsh Conservatives and the Senedd's one Liberal Democrat member, Jane Dodds, also opposed the measure.

Dodds called the Covid Pass policy "poor law-making" during the debate this afternoon, echoing Plaid's criticisms on the motion's lack of detail.

"These amendments represent the seventeenth set of amendments to the fifth set of Covid regulations, and there's no end date for their use," she said, adding that the risk of inadvertent discrimination had not been properly considered.

The vote comes following an afternoon of protests outside the Senedd, by a mixture of civil liberties campaigners and self-proclaimed Covid-skeptics.

The demonstration was called by the campaign group Big Brother Watch.

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The group's director, Silkie Carlo, told The National this afternoon: "The principal concern is that Covid passes aren't going to make anyone safer, but they are going to make us less free and less equal. 

"The Welsh Government has really rushed this - There was no proper consultation, they haven't brought forward an evidence base.

"We know that there are really serious disparities in vaccine uptake, according to ethnicity and socioeconomic status.

"So it tends to be people who are already very marginalised that are going to be worst affected."

Though unvaccinated members of the public can also obtain Covid passes with evidence of a negative lateral flow test within the preceding 48 hours, Carlo worries that lateral flow testing may not always be free of charge, and therefore would further discriminate against marginalised communities.

She also pointed to the potential for people to falsify results, and questioned whether the policy was actually enforceable, calling the idea "security theatre".

Of Plaid's opposition to the motion, she said: "The way that they've spoken about it shows real cool-headedness and a clear lens, and also a willingness for Wales to legislate in its own way and not necessarily just follow in the wake of Westminster."