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Scottish government plans to introduce vaccine passports for large events

6 Sep 20212m read

The Scottish government is planning to require the use of vaccine passports for entry into some large public events possibly including conferences from later this month, is this a harbinger for what is to come across the UK? 

First minister Nicola Sturgeon announced Covid status certification will be used for unseated indoor live events with more than 500 people in attendance and outdoor events with more than 4,000 people.

Any event attended by more than 10,000 people will also require a vaccine passport. There are currently no plans to require certification for the wider hospitality industry, but a Scottish government announcement said this would remain ‘under review’ into the autumn and winter months.

UKHospitality Scotland executive director Leon Thompson said the announcement would cause ‘dismay’ amongst businesses that had only recently reopened. It was ‘extremely concerning’ the Scottish government had not engaged with the industry ahead of the announcement, Thompson added.

Vaccine passports are also expected to be required for nightclub entry in England this autumn, with the government expected to announce further detail in the coming weeks. In that numerous studies both in the UK and abroad have shown conferences and exhibitions are not routes for Covid transmission, see HERE, we hope and pray that this seemingly forgotten sector is not once again targeted for token sanctions, sanctions which serve no practical purpose save to act as a whipping boy to the governments need to be seen to do something!

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