Brits face £10k fine under new Covid law for faking vaccine status or test

New Covid laws will mean people in England can be fined up to £10,000 on the spot for a fake vaccination or negative test status.

Tonight, the government published detailed laws on "Covid passes" which are due to be voted on by MPs tomorrow.

The law – expected to be approved tomorrow despite a Tory revolt – will apply to all venues open after 1am, who will now demand proof of vaccination or negative test.

It will also apply to indoor crowded venues with a capacity of over 500, outdoor crowded events of 4,000 or more and any event of 10,000 people.

From Wednesday at 6am, venues in England will have to demand club-goers and punters show a "Covid pass" as a condition of entry, Mirror Online reports.

This will mean either showing they have had two doses of a vaccine or they have had a recent negative Covid test.

People can show either the NHS app on their phone or a text or e-mail from the government.

The new law has led to speculation that people could fake the texts that are received from the NHS testing service confirming a negative result.

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However, the legislation reveals it will be 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".

For a first offence, the legislation says a fixed penalty notice of £10,000 will be given for the offence.

These laws will be voted on by MPs tomorrow but are expected to pass despite a Tory revolt as Labour have said they will support the bill.

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The Health Protection Regulations 2021 were published today.

They could also see businesses shut down by councils if they fail to comply with the rules or show they are carrying out suitable checks on customers attending events.

Venues that 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.

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An increase to £2,000 for a second offence, £4,000 for a third offence and £10,000 for a fourth or any subsequent offences are also planned.

A 24-page document setting out the regulations, which expire on January 26, said they impose "obligations on those responsible for organising certain events or managing certain venues to take reasonable measures to ensure that they did not admit any person to such events.

The rules apply to nightclubs, dance halls, discos, theatres, concert halls, some live music venues or other public buildings, exhibition and conference centres and sports stadiums, and others which are open between 1am and 5am, have a dancefloor, play music for dancing and serve alcohol in the early hours of the morning.

Customers must present a NHS Covid pass or an approved equivalent certificate to show they have been vaccinated or show a "valid notification" of a negative test result taken within 48 hours prior to the event unless they are exempt.

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