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Scotland nixes vaccine passport extension

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The Scottish authorities won’t prolong its Covid-19 vaccine passport scheme to a wider vary of hospitality venues – a choice hailed as a “nice reduction” for the commerce.

Scotland's vaccine passport scheme will not be applied to more venues
Venues underneath Scotland’s passport scheme can be permitted to simply accept destructive lateral movement exams for entry

Scotland’s vaccine passport plan first grew to become legally enforceable in October, and has received backlash from the trade since its implementation.

For weeks, the nation’s authorities has been considering the expansion of the scheme, which at present requires prospects of nightlife venues to point out proof of full vaccination earlier than entry.

In an announcement yesterday (23 November), first minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed that the potential extension won’t go forward.

The information was welcomed by the nation’s hospitality trade our bodies.

Colin Wilkinson, Scottish Licensed Commerce Affiliation (SLTA) managing director, mentioned: “A recent joint industry survey discovered that, for these companies at present implementing the coverage, 95% have been negatively impacted and 87% had seen commerce diminished by over 20%, with some reporting falls in commerce of as a lot as 60% because the introduction of the Covid passport scheme.

“This reprieve can be an amazing reduction to the various companies that feared an analogous destructive impression can be mirrored within the wider licensed hospitality sector, notably at this important time of the yr for the trade.”

Sturgeon additionally mentioned venues already coated by the scheme will be capable to settle for destructive lateral movement exams rather than proof of vaccination from 6 December.

SLTA’s Wilkinson “very a lot welcomed” the event, whereas Leon Thompson, govt director of UK Hospitality Scotland, expressed some apprehension.

“The acceptance of a destructive lateral movement take a look at might assist some companies at present coated by the scheme,” Thompson mentioned. “It stays to be seen what it would convey to these hospitality companies within the late-night economic system.”

Commerce representatives additionally known as for additional authorities motion to assist venues at present impacted by the scheme. “The Scottish authorities must re-evaluate whether or not the remaining restrictions on this sub-sector are justified and proportionate and for help funding to be put in place for these enterprise at present implementing the coverage,” mentioned Wilkinson.

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