22 Nov, 2021 @ 16:30
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Judges veto COVID-19 passport plans for nightlife and restaurants in Basque Country of Spain

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PLANS to use COVID-19 passports in Basque Country nightlife businesses and larger restaurants have been squashed by the region’s Supreme Court.

The judges, on two-one split decision, ruled that the Basque government request restricted basic rights.

The region has a coronavirus infection rate of 300 per 100,000 people but the figure was half that when the proposal was lodged before the court.

The government wanted all nightlife venues like clubs and bars activities to only let people in if they showed an EU COVID-19 certificate.

The temporary law would also have affected all restaurants that seated over 50 people as well as function halls.

Other regions like Valencia are putting passport proposals together but are wary of not upsetting judges by going too far.

The Basque court said the submission involved the ‘restriction of fundamental rights’.

It was concerned that the right to assemble was being infringed especially with the looming Christmas holiday.

The rules would have included karaoke bars and the judgement said that ‘freedoms of expression’ and ‘artistic creativity’ would be hindered.

The bench pointed to the high vaccination rate and said a main source of increasing COVID cases involved children aged under 12 who would hardly be expected to go to nightlife venues.

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Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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