You can’t scroll through Twitter or Facebook at the moment without at least one person sharing their lateral flow test result.
But while many of us just see this as harmless, a warning has been issued over posting pictures of the results on social media.
An increase in fake Covid passes being distributed has been reported, which poses an issue for establishments who require seeing them before admitting people to a venue.
The offence carries a fine of up to £10,000 if you’re caught, Wales Online reports.
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A warning has been issued about sharing your test result online
Shahzad Ali, CEO at Get Licensed, has warned fake Covid passes will compromise the safety of venues like nightclubs, and has also warned people about the dangers of posting their lateral flow test results on social media.
Shahzad said: “We have seen fake documentation for many years, for example, fake IDs have been a regular feature at nightclubs for a number of years.
“This is just a new complication that door supervisors will soon become used to facing. It was always inevitable that fake Covid passes would start to appear as soon as there were rumours of them being introduced.
“Whilst grossly unethical and potentially very dangerous, it is also illegal to use/supply/distribute fake Covid passes and could see you rack up a fine of £10,000 should you be caught.
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“There is obviously going to be a market for Covid passes, because there will be people who want to go about their life like normal and not have to take Covid tests for things they didn’t have to before, so it is extremely important that you look after your Covid pass.
“Our advice would be to avoid posting it on social media, don’t share the code from the lateral flow you have taken because others could register it as their test.
“Covid passes will potentially make door supervisors’ jobs much more difficult, especially when we consider the consequences of people who are especially forthcoming with their beliefs, it could make the job much more dangerous.”