Anyone caught using a fake Covid pass could be fined up to £10,000 under new laws set to be passed today.
Government documents explaining the new legislation – which comes into force at 6am on 15 December state: “Anyone making, adapting, supplying or offering to supply someone with false evidence of their Covid-19 status can be prosecuted or fined up to £10,000. Higher penalties may apply under other legislation, for example the Fraud Act 2006.”
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Entry to Venues and Events) (England) Regulations 2021 are set to be passed into law by Parliament today.
The law will make it an offence to make, adapt, supply or offer to supply “false evidence of Covid status to another person” which is known to be “false or misleading”.
Venues which do not comply with rules on carrying out checks or ignore improvement or closure notices issued by councils could be fined £1,000 in the first instance, reduced to £500 if paid within 14 days.
This increases £2,000 and £4,000 for second and third offences and jumping to £10,000 for fourth or any subsequent offences thereafter.
Under Plan B rules any indoor event with more than 500 attendees will have to conduct mandatory Covid pass checks. Visitors will have to show they have been double vaccinated or had a negative test prior to entry.
The rules also apply to outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees expected to stand or move around, and any events with 10,000 visitors.
The government yesterday advised events organisers and venues to use an app to prevent fraud when checking Covid-status of visitors. It remains unclear whether venues or event organisers will be ultimately responsible for ensuring checks are properly conducted.
Employers are also urged to ensure event staff are vaccinated or tested – although it is not a legal requirement.