Changes delayed

Vaccine passports may be extended on 6 December

Nicola Sturgeon: further consultation

Scotland’s vaccine passport scheme could be extended to cinemas, theatres and more licensed hospitality venues from 6 December, though a final decision has been delayed for a further week.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was expected to confirm changes today but instead said there would be further consultation with businesses.

Conservative leader Douglas Ross claimed that delaying a decision created more uncertainty for hospitality businesses and left them with little time to prepare for any changes at the busiest time of the year.

Ms Sturgeon said governments around the world were “grappling” with the Covid crisis and she hoped that further restrictions being introduced in other countries would not be necessary in order to get through the winter.

The passport scheme currently only applies to nightclubs and major events such a concerts and football matches.

She told MPs: “We have not taken a decision to extend the reach of the scheme.”

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