Scotland nightclubs filing legal challenge to vaccine passport plan

Saturday, Sep 24, 2022 0

A trade body representing Scottish nightclubs and other venues plans to legally challenge the government’s vaccine passport plan.

The Night Time Industries Association Scotland (NTIA) says it is ‘deeply flawed and incoherent’ and is seeking a judicial review.

The vaccine passport plan requires over 18s to show proof of full vaccination to enter clubs and large events.

It says the industry hasn’t been consulted and the definition of a nightclub is too broad.

It could unnecessarily impact thousands of bars and pubs too.

"Having disregarded input from NTIA Scotland and having forced a rush vote through parliament, the Scottish government have now confirmed this deeply flawed and incoherent policy will come into effect from 1 October," said Mike Grieve, chair of NTIA Scotland.

"It is focusing negative attention on one small subsection of society, and all the economic damage on the sector already most affected by the pandemic".

Industry leaders have described the rules as unworkable.

According to the Scottish Chambers of Commerce many more businesses than first  expected would be liable, such as hotels, pubs and bars, due to the Scottish government’s definition, which is a ‘venue open between midnight and 5am, serving alcohol, having a designated area for dancing and providing live or recorded music.’

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