Decision on Scotland covid rule changes to be confirmed tomorrow

By Laura Ferguson

Nicola Sturgeon will confirm the Scottish Government's final decision on any possible covid rule changes tomorrow.

The First Minister and the Cabinet have considered potential changes in order to keep the virus under control as we enter winter.

Despite Scotland being the most vaccinated country in the UK, Ms Sturgeon warned last week that we are currently seeing an increase in cases and an "extremely high" number of covid patients in hospital.

She will deliver a statement confirming any decisions at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday afternoon, and is expected to speak shortly after 2pm.

The main change being considered is the expansion of the covid certification scheme.

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Proof of vaccination is currently only required for over 18s entering nightclubs, and large scale events - including unseated indoor events with more than 500 people and unseated outdoor events with more than 4,000 people, as well as any event with more than 10,000 in attendance.

The expansion would see this list include indoor cinemas, theatres, and some other licensed and hospitality premises like pubs and cafes.

However, the government has said they are also considering proof of a negative covid test as an alternative to this.

If the decision is made to make changes to the current rules, these will be implemented on December 6.


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