Mandatory vaccine certification will be introduced in regulations under the Coronavirus Act 2020 and supported by guidance.
Ministers must review the regulations at least every three weeks to assess whether any requirement in the regulations is still necessary to prevent, protect against, control or provide a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection in Scotland with coronavirus. As soon as Ministers consider the requirements to no longer be necessary for this purpose, they must be revoked.
The scheme will come into force on Friday 1 October (from 5 am). Therefore, any events or settings that meet the criteria for certification will need to use certification from 5am on Friday 1 October 2021 onwards, until further notice.
The scheme will apply in the following higher risk settings:
For live events, ‘unseated’ includes events where some audience members are seated and some standing.
‘Attendees’ means the number of people attending the event.
For multi-day events or events with different time slots – it is the number of people attending on any day or time slot. It does not include staff, contractors, performers or volunteers involved in the delivery of the event.
Late night venues with music, alcohol and dancing
By “late night venues with music and dancing” we mean any setting which meets ALL of the following criteria:
A pub or restaurant that usually stays open past midnight, with music, alcohol and dancing, will be able to choose whether to continue to operate in a similar way to a nightclub, with certification. Alternatively, they can choose to stop the music or close the dancefloor after midnight, and operate without certification.
For venues that meet these criteria, the person responsible for operating the premises will be under a legal obligation to take all reasonable measures to ensure that, after midnight, only customers who are fully vaccinated or exempt are on the premises.
Exemptions and exceptions
The following people will be exempt:
‘Live event’ does not include:
Read the full update at www.gov.scot