Scotland’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccine passport scheme will be abolished next week, and other legal restrictions, including mandatory masks, will end in March, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced.
Vaccine passport program, which requires the Scottish people to show the status of vaccination before entering a night club or attending a major event, will end on February 28, when the butterfly shark will address the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Tuesday. Said.
However, the apps in this scheme are still operational and companies can use them to “voluntarily reassure their customers” as needed.
Starting March 21, she said, “assuming there are no significant adverse effects in the course of the virus,” the legal requirement to wear a face mask in public transport and some indoor environments will also end.
However, she said the government “continues to strongly recommend wearing face covers in stores and other indoor public places, and in public transport.”
The legal requirement for companies to retain customer contact details will also end on March 21 in case contact tracking is required.
The sturgeon told a Scottish lawmaker: “Government must act legally, which means that it cannot impose legal restrictions if it is disproportionate.
“As the situation improves and the severity of the impact of COVID diminishes, we are obliged to remove the legal restrictions.
“But this should not be seen as an indication that COVID no longer presents a risk to health. Obviously.”
“It is possible to change the approach, as extensive vaccination coverage and better treatment have reduced the direct harm of the virus,” she said.
“As a result, it’s no longer necessary to use restrictions to control infections,” she said. “And given the broader harm caused by safeguards, it is no longer justified.”
Therefore, the sturgeon said the Scottish government “less relies on legally imposed measures to control the virus, but on vaccines, treatments, wise indications and good public health behavior.”
The announcement was made the day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that all CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus regulations would end on February 24.
However, the sturgeon has revealed that the Scottish government “continues to ask those who test positive for COVID to be quarantined for the recommended period.”
She also expressed “dissatisfaction” with the UK government’s decision to abolish the free universal test in the UK in April.
She said the Scottish government is aiming to continue to provide free immunochromatography in the long run and will either continue to provide the necessary funding or “request to raise funding elsewhere instead.” “Do you want to do it?” He said, asking the Ministry of Finance for clarification. Health budget. “
PA Media contributed to this report.