Covid Scotland: What are the Covid rules in nightclubs and do you need a test?
Scotland has passed Level 0 and the easing of restrictions has been warmly welcomed by the hospitality, entertainment and nightlife industry.
On Sunday August 8, nightclubs around Edinburgh opened at midnight as the country moved away from the tier system.
However, as everyone adjusts to an ‘almost post-covid’ nation, there appears to be confusion over the rules regarding nightclubs as England plans to adopt Covid passports to allow for the entry into the nightlife venues.
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Despite updates from the Scottish Government, punters were still unsure whether to be vaccinated or take a test, with some reportedly showing up at gates with side flow tests in polybags.
While it’s good to take precautions, we thought we’d clarify the rules for the next big night.
Although the English Prime Minister has announced that he will be implementing vaccine passports for nightclub entries in September, just hours after all restrictions were lifted, Nicola Sturgeon has yet to confirm anything. similar.
Asked during her briefing, she said: “We have not made a decision on whether or not to require vaccine passports.
“This is something that we are considering over the next period. But it raises sensitive and ethical questions, especially as some people cannot get vaccinated for health reasons and we do not currently vaccinate all adolescents anymore. youth.”
This has left a lot of people confused as to what is actually needed for a night on the tiles.
Do you have to take a covid test or be fully vaccinated to enter a nightclub?
With the last 16 months of new rules in restaurants, travel and even how often we can go out – it’s understandable that you are on the lookout for the Covid rules for nightclubs regarding vaccination and Covid tests.
A Scottish government spokesperson said Edinburgh Live: “There is no obligation to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter a nightclub. However, locals are required to collect contact information from visitors in support of Test and Protect.
“We continue to consider the possible use of Covid Status Certificates to access certain higher risk sites in Scotland in the future, should it become necessary.”
They added, “We do not underestimate the ethical, fairness and human rights issues associated with certification of Covid status.
“Any event, location or employer that requests to see a person’s immunization record must comply with all relevant legal obligations as service providers and employers. For example, the Equality Act 2010 and data protection legislation, and any directives that apply.
So the answer is no, you don’t need to show a negative covid test or proof of vaccination to enter Scottish nightclubs.
Some sites encourage their customers to take lateral flow tests before leaving for their safety and the safety of others, but they have no legal obligation to show proof.
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Should you wear a face mask in nightclubs?
Masks are only needed when standing in line or moving around a nightclub, but dancing is not included in this.
Jason Leitch confirmed: “When you are standing or sitting, eating or drinking, there is an exemption from wearing a face covering” under the permitted exemptions.
What are the rules for nightclubs in England?
In England, people no longer have to wear face masks. While people are still encouraged by stores and airlines, the law has been lifted.
And from September, if you’re going to a nightclub in England, get ready to prove you’ve been fully immunized.