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Catalan High Court approves use of Covid passport in bars, restaurants and gyms

The Catalan High Court ruled on Thursday to approve the use of the European Union’s Digital COVID Certificate in bars, restaurants, gyms and nursing homes in Catalonia. This so-called Covid passport can be accessed in Spain via each region’s healthcare system, and certifies whether the bearer has been vaccinated against Covid-19, has recently recovered from an infection, or has been tested for the virus. The new measure is set to come into effect on Friday and be up and running on the weekend.

The Covid passport is already required in nighttime venues, music festivals and events such as weddings and banquets in the Spanish region. But with coronavirus cases on the rise, the Catalan regional government decided to ask for court approval to extend the use of the certificate to more venues, specifically: bars, restaurants, gyms and nursing homes.

“The contagion figures are rising at a worrying level for the health and proper functioning of the health system,” said…

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