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Coronavirus (COVID-19): vaccine certification scheme - information for local authorities

Last updated: 21 Jan 2022 - see all updates
Published: 18 Oct 2021

Guidance to help local councils enforce the vaccine certification (or COVID passport) scheme.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): vaccine certification scheme - information for local authorities
Expectations for specific premises

Expectations for specific premises

Late night premises and smaller events (events under 1000 attendees)

As set out in the guidance, for late night premises and for smaller events (under 1000 attendees at any given time), the expectation would be that a 100% check of every individual should, in most cases, be reasonable.

NB. Local Authorities will need to note the above for applications for extended licensing hours and ensure the operator is aware of the guidance and requirement.

Large events (events over 1000)

Event organisers should:

  • make a judgement on whether it’s practical to check proof of status for everyone attending while maintaining public order, and if not
  • carry out as many checks as is reasonably practical taking into account Scottish Government Expectations, public order considerations and advice from Local Authority Officers.

For large events (over 1000 attendees at any one time), the minimum expectation is that a reasonable approach is to check 1000 attendees or 50% of the attendance, whichever is higher. However, event organisers will be expected to carry out as many checks as is reasonably practicable, whilst having regard to Scottish Government Guidance, advice from the relevant local authority officers and taking into account public order considerations.

Where there is concern the event or premises cannot reasonably check certification safely, businesses and event organisers should consider:

  • reducing the number of attendees to minimise the volume of individuals who need to be checked
  • staggering entry times and taking steps to avoid queues building up in surrounding areas
  • changing the event or premises so as to not require certification

First published: 18 Oct 2021 Last updated: 21 Jan 2022 -