Edinburgh city centre revellers spotted in massive queue on packed pavement

By James Delaney

A massive queue of revellers packed out one of the Capital’s most popular streets as youngsters prepare for the return of Freshers’ week.

Images from George Street show a throng of people waiting in line outside bars, with a queue snaking all the way back to St Andrew Square on a weekday evening.

It comes after similar scenes in the Cowgate on Tuesday evening, which saw hundreds waiting outside the Subway club with a line reaching all the way back through the bus nightlife area.

The Scottish Government passed a vote requiring the use of vaccine passports to enter nightclubs as well as major indoor and outdoor events over certain attendance limits from October 1.

MSPs voted over the new rules on Thursday, which would see restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the virus.

They will mean a person seeking entry to certain venues and settings to show that they have been fully vaccinated with both doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

Speaking at Holyrood, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said the system would reduce the risk of transmission in high risk areas and help prevent venues from closure due to Covid.

Staff at venues will be able to download an app from next week ahead of the launch to allow digital checks on the vaccine status of those seeking to attend premises.

Venues will also be provided with guidance on how to use the app and how to integrate it into their own systems.

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