Covid in Scotland: Hundreds refused entry in vaccine passport 'chaos'

The Scottish Hospitality Group says the first weekend of enforcement of the scheme was an 'unmitigated disaster'.

10/25/2021 4:44:00 PM

First weekend of enforcement of Scotland's vaccine passport scheme was 'unmitigated disaster', says night-time venue body

The Scottish Hospitality Group says the first weekend of enforcement of the scheme was an 'unmitigated disaster'.

Proof of vaccine status can be given using a smartphone appThe first weekend of enforcement of Scotland's vaccine passport scheme was an "unmitigated disaster", according to a body representing night-time venues.Venue staff refused entry to revellers without vaccine passports more than 550 times, and some staff were abused, the Scottish Hospitality Group said.

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It said some venues decided to close early and footfall was down by up to 40%.The Scottish government said the scheme was a "proportionate" health measure.Ministers say it will encourage more people to get vaccinated against Covid-19 and ensure late-night venues can remain open during a "potentially very difficult" winter.

Scotland's vaccine passport scheme goes liveThe vaccine certification scheme was introduced on 1 October but there was no enforcement during a 17-day "grace period" as venues adjusted to the new requirements.The Scottish Hospitality Group, which opposes the scheme, said the first real test this weekend had been "one of unmitigated disaster".

"The Scottish Hospitality Group has been warning the government for weeks that their vaccine passports scheme is not ready - but the government's attitude has been to tell us to 'get on with it' whilst offering no safety net of support for businesses or our hard working staff," spokesperson Stephen Montgomery said.

"The experience of this weekend shows that the result has been intolerable levels of abuse of our staff, and the creation of an atmosphere that will totally undermine anyone's enjoyment of our night-time venues."Image source,Getty Images

Image caption,People attending nightclubs and other large venues have to be able to show proof of two Covid jabsThe group said there was a "concerning number" of reports of staff being abused over rejections and queues which led to a "charged atmosphere".

Some venues had decided to close at midnight, taking them outside the scope of the scheme, because of problems with staff recruitment and welfare, it said.Mr Montgomery rejected a suggestion that the numbers being turned away was a sign the scheme was working properly in keeping unvaccinated people away from higher risk settings.

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"Turning people away at the door - yes, I get the point to a degree - but all it's doing is sending them somewhere else, a dancefloor that has tables and chairs on it that does away with dancing," he told the BBC'sGood Morning Scotland programme.

The Scottish Conservatives said the scheme was "unworkable and unreasonable" with no financial support for businesses or their staff.The party's Covid recovery spokesperson Murdo Fraser said: "What is most concerning is the levels of abuse hospitality workers have been subjected to, caused by a lack of public engagement, and a frustrating and unreliable app."

'Difficult winter'The Scottish government insisted it was continuing to engage with the sector to discuss implementation of the scheme.A spokesperson said: "Covid-19 certification is a proportionate way of encouraging people to get vaccinated, and also of helping large events and night-time hospitality to keep operating during what will potentially be a very difficult winter.

"This means many businesses will not have to close and can continue to trade whilst making necessary adjustments to ensure their premises are as safe as possible for staff and customers."How does the vaccine passport scheme work?People who have had two vaccines in Scotland can

download or get a paper copy of a certificate with a QR code.Everyone over the age of 18 must now show - if asked - that they have had both doses of the vaccine before they are allowed entry to certain venues and events. These include:Nightclubs and "analogous venues"

Adult entertainment venuesUnseated indoor events with more than 500 people, even if some are seatedUnseated outdoor events with more than 4,000 peopleAny event with more than 10,000 people in attendanceThe scheme requires venues to put in place a "reasonable system" to check the status of customers, with certain exemptions on medical grounds.

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This is so sad because the premise of the idea is excellent. Seriously why did they expect? As a someone who works in hospitality for long time even during “pandemic “ I’m not surprised. The hospitality staff are the ones who will suffer most from this. Covid Jewing intensifies mcpete FREEDOM!! It's a bit of a giggle in Wales too!

Surprise surprise The UKs answer is blame the Government Whaah, I've been there. Well….. Let's rearrange that BBC. Covid pass a success. Hundreds of potentially infected unvaccinated people prevented from entering premises putting others at risk. 👍ScottishIndependence9🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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How does the BBC know anything about Scotland? 666 end time p.port Sounds like it worked perfectly well to me. Just need to get the anti vaxxers to open their eyes to reality and get jabbed to protect fellow human beings AND stop lock down of ALL society again. Why is anyone surprised. LOL who’d have thought it.

All eyes on Scotland then... looks like they're the guinea-pig on this one. It could lead to lots of drunk people on the streets after being refused entry. Just one thought I had... tho there are enough of them on the streets already. 😎 So the people who have to divert some of their profit to pay staff aren't happy? Next from the Ministry of the Bloody Obvious, 'water found to be wet'

So Covid symptoms take 4/5 days to appear, let's revisit this piece then...ay? And asking the option of the night-time venue body is like asking a Tory if they have any scruples.. My wife had the Jansen 1 jab vaccine in spain. Registered it with her GP in this country but nothing appears on her nhs records and door staff refused her Covid passport from spain

So the system worked but some people failed to prepare by getting their passport sorted and yet and the headline tries to blame the system and not the idiots who couldn't follow simple instructions.

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