Scotland loosens Covid entry regulations for large events

The Scottish Government has voted against extending the Covid vaccine passport scheme for large events and will instead allow negative lateral flow tests as passes.

From 6 December, attendees of large events and nightclub-goers will only have to provide a negative lateral flow test to gain entry. The option to show a vaccination pass, which is currently the rule, will also still be accepted.

First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, made the announcement during a statement to Parliament. She said the cabinet had decided not to extend the scope of the scheme as “it would not be proportionate.”

Sturgeon added: “We must reach decisions based on our own circumstances and so I can confirm that the judgments we arrived at this morning are as follows. Firstly, for at least a further three week period, we will retain vaccine certification for the venues and events currently covered by it – that is late-night licensed premises with a designated area for dancing, unseated indoor events of 500 people or more, unseated outdoor events of 4,000 people or more, and any event with 10,000 people or more. Given the current state of the pandemic, it would not be appropriate at this stage to remove this protection against transmission.

“Secondly, however, we have decided that from 6 December it will be possible to access venues or events covered by the scheme by showing either proof of vaccination, as now, or a recent negative lateral flow test result.”

However, she reminded the Scottish public that this relaxation could be reversed if numbers increased and vaccination take-up decreased.

“If our situation does deteriorate, it may well be that extending covid certification is a more proportionate alternative to the re-introduction of more onerous restrictions on, for example, hospitality.”

Currently, in England and Wales, it is not compulsory to show a vaccination certificate or negative Covid test to enter large events or nightclubs.

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