Scottish businesses have slammed Nicola Sturgeon’s plan to extend controversial Covid vaccine passports to pubs, cinemas and theatres as they called the curbs a ‘hammer blow’ to the industry.
The First Minister is expected to expand the Covid ID cards scheme which currently covers nightclubs and large venues to a host of other hospitality businesses at a briefing to Holyrood at 2pm today.
Any changes to current Covid restrictions in Scotland are said to come into force from December 8 onwards.
Ms Sturgeon suggested last week that the scheme could be expanded, warning: ‘All of our decisions are, and must be motivated by a desire to keep people safe, but also to get through what will be a challenging winter, without having to reintroduce any restrictions on trade’.
However, business leaders are urging the First Minister to ‘seriously consider the economic damage’ further restrictions could have on hospitality venues, warning the measure will create a ‘Christmas nightmare’.