BRITS who fake their vaccine status or negative test to get into venues could face a whopping £10,000 fine under new Covid laws.
The Government published the new punishments surrounding “Covid passes” last night ahead of the vote which will take place tonight.
Brits could face a massive fine for faking vaccination status or a negative Covid testCredit: Getty
The law, published in The Health Protection Regulations 2021. is expected to be approved despite a Tory rebellion.
It will apply to all nightclubs and venues open past 1am.
If it passes, venues in England will have to show their “Covid pass” to gain entry – this means either showing they have been double vaccinated or a negative Covid test.
The new law would come into place on Wednesday morning at 6am.
Both the vaccination “Covid pass” and negative result appear either as a text or e-mail from the Government or via the NHS app.
However, there had been concerns that both the “Covid pass” and the negative result could be easily faked.
The latest legislation will make it illegal to create, adapt, supply or offer to supply “false evidence of Covid status to another person.”
The penalty for this offence – as a first offence – is a massive £10,000.
In the new regulations, councils could also have the power to shut down businesses that do not comply with the rules.
Venues or businesses that do not carry out checks could be fined £1,000 – this could be reduced to £500 if paid within the first two days of notice.
If voted in, the regulations will be in place until January 26 and businesses must keep records of their checks for at least three months after events until April 26.
There are people who are exempt from these rules and that includes the venues employees, children under 18, emergency services and organised sports activities.
Events that are exempted from the regulations would be “significant life events” such as weddings, funerals or ceremonies marking religious membership.
On December 1, a new rule was brought in punishing vaccinated adults up to £10,000 if they don’t self-isolate after coming into contact with a confirmed Omicton case.
Brits will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace if they have mixed with a positive case and told to quarantine immediately.
Penalties for refusing to remain inside start at £1,000 but rise to £10,000 for repeat offences or serious breaches.
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