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Update Following the PM's Press Conference

Guidance

Please find below links to newly published guidance on using the COVID Pass for:

This supplements the guidance already shared with you outlining which venues must carry out mandatory certification, equivalent forms of proof, and how to operate the scheme: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/carrying-out-mandatory-covid-19-status-checks-at-your-venue-or-event.

The Working Safely - Events & Attractions guidance (current version here) is due to be updated shortly, and we will circulate a link to the updated version as soon as we're able.

Marketing assets

This mandatory certification marketing assets toolkit provides a suite of downloadable and easy-to-use resources for venues and event organisers to use where proof of COVID status is mandatory as a condition of entry. The resources include assets such as posters, website banners, email signatures and window/door stickers.

These resources can also be used by those venues where proof of COVID status is not mandatory but they wish to use it on a voluntary basis.

NHS COVID Pass Verifier app

It is encouraged, but not mandatory, for venues to check COVID Passes using the Verifier app. From Wednesday 15 December, venues in England and Wales using the NHS COVID Pass Verifier App to digitally verify NHS COVID Passes must update the app before it is next used.

The Verifier app should be updated via the Apple or Google app stores. This update will ensure that the Verifier app reflects the latest Government policy which comes into force at 6am on 15 December: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-confirms-move-to-plan-b-in-england

For those who have ‘automatic updates’ enabled on their mobile devices, the Verifier app will  automatically update. For those who do not have ‘automatic update’ enabled, you will need to manually ‘update’ the Verifier app on each device used by your business. 

Please ensure that ‘automatic updates’ is enabled and your mobile devices are connected periodically to the internet to allow for regular software updates to the NHS COVID Pass Verifier app.

Association of Festival Organisers (AFO): 16th Dec 2021 10:33:00

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