'We must stop the virus': Junta to ask the region’s top court to extend the implementation of the Covid passport to hospitality

The TSJA has already endorsed regional government's requirement of vaccination certificate or negative coronavirus test result to access hospitals and nursing homes in Andalucía

ÁNGEL ESCALERA

The Junta will immediately ask the region’s top court, the Superior Court of Justice of Andalucía (TSJA) to give it the green light to make it a mandatory requirement to present a Covid vaccination certificate, or a negative coronavirus test result, to access nightlife venues and hospitality establishments.

The request will be made now that the coronavirus control measure has received the approval of the Advisory Council of High Impact Public Health Alerts of Andalucía, better known as the ‘committee of experts’ which met urgently this Thursday afternoon (9 December). The requirement aims to prevent the spread of infections in those spaces and better control the pandemic.

The implementation of the Covid passport has the support of the hospitality and nightlife employers' associations in the region, which favour the measure as opposed to other restrictions, such as limiting capacity or opening hours, in the run up to Christmas.

The TSJA, based in Granada, has already given its endorsement to Junta’s request to require the ‘Covid passport’ to be presented when accessing hospitals and nursing homes in the region, a measure that is in place until 15 January.

In the absence of a vaccination certificate people may also produce a negative diagnostic test result, performed in the previous 72 hours in the case of PCR and 48 hours in the case of antigen tests. Or, in the case of people who have recovered from a SARS-CoV-2 infection in the last 6 months "the person must have been diagnosed as a confirmed case of Covid-19 eleven days or more ago, by means of a PCR test, and no other type of test is valid."

The Junta spokesperson, Elías Bendodo, said that with that court decision, two things have already been achieved. In the first instance, there is greater safety for patients and residents and, additionally, that people who were not vaccinated have come forward to be jabbed.