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First Minister Update COVID-19 28th September 2021


The First Minister updated Parliament today on the introduction of the COVID certification scheme in Scotland as well as a new £25 million fund that is being made available to help improve ventilation in business premises:…/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine…/

Further guidance has been published on the certification scheme. Anyone over the age of 18, who wants to go to a large event or to a late night venue will be required to provide evidence that they are fully vaccinated, or evidence that they are exempt. To facilitate this, the NHS Covid Status app will go live on Thursday.

The legal obligation comes into force at 5am on Friday this week. However, a grace period until 18 October will be in place, before any business could face enforcement action for non-compliance. This will allow businesses to test, adapt and build confidence in the practical arrangements they will need to put in place to be compliant with the scheme.
Further information is available here:…/vaccine-certification…/

The First Minister also gave details of a £25 million package being made available to SMEs to improve ventilation and reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission. Grants will target a wide range of high risk settings where people come into close proximity such as restaurants, bars and gyms:…/improving-ventilation-to-tackle…/

Changes to the rules on international travel will take effect from 4 October. This means that the blanket requirement for pre-departure tests for people travelling into Scotland will be removed. People who have been fully vaccinated – or who are under 18 – will no longer need to provide a pre-departure test result if they are coming from countries not on the red list. Further details are available here:…/international-travel-testing…/

The First Minister’s full speech is available here:…/coronavirus-covid-19-update…/

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