Scotland must choose between expanding the vaccine passport scheme to include pubs or resuming lockdown restrictions.

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Scotland must decide whether to expand the vaccine passport scheme to pubs or reintroduce lockdown restrictions.

Making people show their Covid vaccination status at the doors of more venues, according to research, would reduce the risk of the virus spreading.

According to the Scottish Government, Scotland must choose between expanding its vaccine passport scheme to include pubs and restaurants or returning to lockdown-style restrictions.

A recent evidence paper argued that requiring people to show their Covid vaccination status at the doors of more venues would reduce the risk of the virus spreading.

Ministers faced a “choice” between this and more drastic measures like “closing venues, limiting group sizes, and advising people not to meet others,” according to the report.

It admitted that if the vaccine passport scheme is expanded as planned next month, a “wide range” of businesses will face higher costs, with many already reporting “substantial losses.”

Customers canceling Christmas reservations or staying away from places like pubs and restaurants entirely are just a few of the potential issues, according to the report.

Other expenses could include hiring people to check Covid passports at the door, training current employees, purchasing QR code scanners, or installing automatic barriers.

The planned overhaul of vaccine passports is expected to increase the number of places required to participate, with cinemas, theaters, pubs, and restaurants all potentially falling under the rules.

Only people entering nightclubs, some late-night bars, and major live events must show proof of full vaccination under the current scheme, which began on October 1.

The changes are set to go into effect on December 6, but the specifics will not be revealed until Tuesday, after the Cabinet has given its approval.

Some businesses have warned that if the scheme is extended, they will face “immediate financial peril,” with hospitality organizations describing the potential impact as “devastating.”

The Scottish Government admitted in a 70-page document that the planned expansion would increase costs for already struggling businesses.

“There are reports of drop-offs in attendance compared to ticket sales, increased waiting time to access venues, and anecdotal feedback of increased aggression toward security staff and stewards,” it said of the policy’s impact so far.

“If the scheme were to be expanded, the sectors that would be impacted by certification would be those that have already been hard hit.”

UK news summary from Infosurhoy.

Scotland must choose between expanding the vaccine passport scheme to include pubs or resuming lockdown restrictions.

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