Vaccine certificate plan for nightclubs

First minister said measure won’t apply to other hospitality venues for now but situation will be “kept under review”

VACCINE certificates could be required for entry to nightclubs later this month, first minster Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon (1st September), Sturgeon outlined proposals for the use of vaccine certificates in nightclubs and adult entertainment venues, unseated indoor live events with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor live events with more than 4000 people, and any event with more than 10,000 people.

The first minster said the Scottish Government does not currently consider vaccine certificates appropriate for the hospitality industry as a whole, but said the situation will be “kept under review”.

Sturgeon said the proposal will be subject to parliamentary debate and approval next week; if approved, she said the measure will be brought in later this month.

She also announced that from this Friday a QR code will be available for people to download vaccine certificates; paper certificates are currently available by post.

Outlining the vaccine certificate proposal in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon, the first minister said it is a “significant move and not one we’d take lightly”.

“The situation we face just now is fragile and serious,” she said.

“We must stem the rise in cases.

“I am hopeful that we can turn the corner without having to re-impose any restrictions.”