UK Hospitality has criticized the Scottish vaccine passport plan, claiming that the lack of a narrow definition of nightclubs could impact pubs and bars.
The planned requirement for people over the age of 18 to show proof of vaccination to gain entry to nightclubs and large-scale events comes into force in Scotland on 1 October.
However, commenting on the announcement, UKHospitality’s executive director for Scotland, Leon Thompson, said: “Today the First Minister confirmed that the definition of a nightclub, devised by Scottish Government officials and approved by ministers, will capture swathes of Scotland’s night time economy.
“Not sticking to the stated aim of vaccine certification for nightclubs has brought the potential for businesses serving alcohol after midnight within scope.”
He added: “UK Hospitality Scotland argued for a narrow definition, similar to that which the Scottish Government used when allocating financial support during lockdown. The decision to go broad will impact on even more of our most vulnerable businesses, many only just reopened and struggling with crippling and ever mounting debts.
“With only days until vaccine passports come into force and no guidance or public information available – nor any assessment on business or equality impacts in place-business confidence has once more been shattered, whilst the public is left in the dark on what they need to do in order to enjoy a night out with friends.”