No extension to Scottish vaccine passport scheme

24 November, 2021

Yesterday, Nicola Sturgeon announced that Scotland's vaccine passport system will not be extended to more venues.

The first minister had been considering expanding the scheme to cover cinemas, theatres and other hospitality venues but with case numbers falling slightly, she stated that it would not be proportionate to do so.

In addition to this, from 6th December, people will be allowed to present a negative lateral flow test instead of showing their Covid passport to enter venues that are already covered by the scheme.

This will include venues such as nightclubs and large events including football matches and concerts, and would bring Scotland's system into line with others in countries like Wales.

A decision on extending the scheme and adding more venues had been expected for several weeks, with the government publishing an evidence paper which suggested Scotland faced a choice between either extending the vaccine passport system or closing down venues and limiting the number of people who can meet up.

However, ministers ultimately decided to do neither after studying the latest data.

Ms Sturgeon said taking a lateral flow test before socialising with others over the festive period was a "vitally important" step in minimising the spread of the virus.

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