(SCOTLAND) #Coronavirus Report: Vaccine passports are to be required for entry to nightclubs and many large events in Scotland from later this month, Nicola Sturgeon has said #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Sept.02: The plans will apply to indoor and outdoor events, and will need to be signed off by MSPs next week: Ms Sturgeon said the move was needed to help stem the recent surge in the number of cases…..

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says that Nicola Sturgeon with support from Greens in their Power-Sharing have agreed to the need for vaccine passports for large events she said in Holyrood on Wednesday as a further 6,107 people have tested positive, with the number of people in hospital doubling in the past 10 days and several areas of Scotland are among the regions with the highest rates of the virus in Europe.

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The move means people will need to show they have had both doses of the vaccine before being allowed into nightclubs and many other events

The new vaccine certification rules mean people over the age of 18 will need to show they have had both doses of the vaccine before they are allowed entry to:

  • Nightclubs and adult entertainment venues.
  • Unseated indoor live events, with more than 500 people in the audience.
  • Unseated outdoor live events, with more than 4,000 people in the audience.
  • Any event, of any nature, which has more than 10,000 people in attendance.

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The new rules will impact on many sporting events in Scotland – particularly football matches – as well as concerts and music festivals.

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said Premiership football clubs had “a significant number of questions and real concern” about the plan.

He added: “It’s not clear what IT infrastructure will be in place, what time-scales clubs will be asked to work to, or what can be done for those without smart phones.

“And it’s not clear if it’s going to cut across terms and conditions of seasons tickets already bought by people across the land.”

Ms Sturgeon said the hospitality industry as a whole would not be included in the certification scheme – although that decision would be kept under review.

And there are no plans to include key services or settings where people have no choice over attendance – such as shops, public transport, education and medical services. 

Anyone who has good reasons for not getting fully vaccinated – including children and people with particular medical conditions – will be exempt. 

People can already request a paper copy of their vaccination record to allow them to travel, and from Friday they will be provided with a QR code so they can download a copy of the record to keep on their phone.

Paper copies of vaccine certificates are already available for people who have been fully vaccinated

A similar scheme will be introduced in England at the end of this month, with people needing to have a “Covid pass” to access “higher risk” settings such as nightclubs. 

Several other European countries – including France, Italy and Ireland – have already introduced certification.

Scotland’s health secretary, Humza Yousaf, said in July that he was “sceptical” about the case for vaccine passports, citing concerns that they “might increase the inequality gap, and there would be ethical issues”.

The country’s deputy first minister, John Swinney, also said he did not believe it was right to exclude people who do not want to be vaccinated after the UK government set out its plans to introduce passports in England.

In a statement at Holyrood, Ms Sturgeon told MSPs that the certification scheme was now needed to “help protect individuals and the country as a whole and reduce the risk of further restrictions being necessary”.The first minister added: “Many of the events and venues that are covered by the certification scheme are important – they matter to our economy, and to our cultural and social life. “That’s why we want to enable them to stay open safely – but they are not essential services.”And the nature of them – which involves bringing many people together in relatively small areas – does mean that, despite their very best efforts, they can contribute significantly to the spread of the virus.”She also said it would be “grossly irresponsible” to rule out re-introducing further restrictions in the future.

The Scottish Greens are not keen on vaccine passports. The new minister for zero carbon buildings, active travel and tenants’ rights, Patrick Harvie, has raised concerns about their introduction before.In July he argued vaccine certification “would deepen discrimination against those who have not yet been vaccinated”.

Today the party’s health spokesperson, Gillian Mackay, said it was essential the Scottish government ensures the introduction of vaccine certification doesn’t adversely affect disabled people, those with underlying health conditions and those from the global south who may not be able to access proof of vaccination. But the Greens are now in government. Vaccine certification isn’t specifically excluded in the co-operation agreement they signed with the SNP and so the Greens are bound by collective responsibility on this issue and will have to support it when it’s put to the vote at Holyrood.

The first minister said it was a “significant move” and would need to be signed off by MSPs, with a debate and vote to take place next week.However the SNP has a comfortable majority with the backing of the Scottish Greens – who have previously been opposed to the move – and the cooperation agreement between the two parties commits them to working together on Covid-related matters.

The Liberal Democrats were the only party to hit out directly against the plans following Ms Sturgeon’s statement, with leader Alex Cole-Hamilton saying vaccine passports were akin to “medical ID cards”, adding: “

This is an illiberal step”.Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said the Scottish government had “wasted months” that could have been spent making preparations, and was now “introducing vaccine passports at the last minute”.He added: “It’s a striking u-turn from what John Swinney said last month, where he emphatically claimed vaccine passports were “the wrong way” to go. “We need businesses to get in-depth guidance around these certificates as soon as possible.

They should be involved in the process and the government needs to clarify whether they will be expected to police these new rules.”Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar said the virus was now out of control and Scotland – and claimed the government had no strategy to deal with it. Case levels in Scotland are 80% higher now than they were last week, and five times higher than they were four weeks ago.

The number of people in hospital has more than doubled since 20 August, from 312 to 629.Intensive care admissions have not risen as quickly, but have still gone up from 34 to 59 over the same timescale.Meanwhile 4,108,804 people have had a first dose of vaccine, and 3,691,066 have had two.That includes 95% of people over 40 who are now fully vaccinated, as well as 71% of 30 to 39-year-olds and 51% of 18 to 29-year-olds.The Federation of Small Businesses said the many affected firms would not welcome the certificate scheme – but would accept it as an alternative to stricter restrictions. But it said the system needed to be user-friendly for both businesses and the public, and warned against a “rush” to extend the scheme to other settings. The Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) said the scheme was a “threat hanging over the whole of the hospitality industry”, while the UK Hospitality Scotland said the move would “cause dismay amongst businesses” that had only recently been allowed to reopen.

#AceHealthDesk report ………Published: Sept.02: 2021:

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(SCOTLAND) SNP/GREENS Deal Report: The power-sharing deal between the SNP and Scottish Greens is a “leap of faith” for both parties, Nicola Sturgeon has told MSPs #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.01: However the SNP-Green majority in parliament was able to vote through the appointment of Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater as junior ministers in the Scottish government.

#AceDailyNews says that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was speaking as Holyrood and approved the appointment of Green politicians to ministerial office for the first time anywhere in the UK.on Monday ….She said the pact could represent “a new and better way of doing politics” Holyrood’s other parties hit out at the deal, saying it was more about pursuing independence than the environment:

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Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that the Greens will no longer have a leaders question at First Minister’s Questions or an automatic speaking slot at the start and end of Holyrood debates.

The co-operation agreement between the SNP and Scottish Greens was hammered out during the parliament’s summer recess.

It technically falls short of a full coalition arrangement, with a range of areas set aside where the parties will be allowed to disagree over the coming years.

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However, it does see Green MSPs enter government, with co-leaders Mr Harvie and Ms Slater taking up posts focused on zero-carbon homes and green jobs.

Ms Sturgeon told MSPs that the deal was “a milestone in this parliament’s progress”, and a “commitment to a new and better way of doing politics”.

She said it was “the product of much negotiation and some compromise, and also a leap of faith for both parties” – but “one we are taking willingly and for the common good”.

The first minister said the deal would “provide the strong platform needed to deliver the transformative policies that will build a greener, fairer country and make people’s lives better”.

And she said delivering an independence referendum inside the current parliamentary term would be a “key strand” of the pact, saying there was an “undeniable” mandate for this.

Nicola Sturgeon said the deal was a “leap of faith” for the SNP and Greens, but one taken “for the common good”

One consequence of the deal has been that the Greens will have fewer opportunities to ask questions and table debates at Holyrood.

They will no longer have a regular place in the weekly session of First Minister’s Questions or the right to respond to ministerial statements, and will have their allocation of “short money” funds cut.

However the remaining five Green MSPs on the back benches will still be able to table questions – with Mark Ruskell demonstrating this after Ms Sturgeon’s statement by intervening to praise the deal.

Opposition parties were critical of the power-sharing arrangement, with Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross calling it a “nationalist coalition with one overriding goal – separating Scotland from the UK”.

He said the SNP had needed to do the deal as they “failed to get a majority” in May’s election, and said it would “hammer everyone who works hard, everyone who runs a business and everyone who owns a vehicle”.

Scottish Labour’s Anas Sarwar said the move was “more about the constitution than the climate”.

He said the pact was “not about delivering accountability and transparency”, but about “greater control for Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP”.

And Lib Dem leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said the agreement was “thin gruel for the Green Party”, claiming the “SNP have barely had to budge” on key policies such as education.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Sept.01: 2021:

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(SCOTLAND) JUST IN: The SNP and the Scottish Greens have agreed a new power-sharing partnership at Holyrood, the BBC has learned with aim to get a vote on #IndyRef2 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.20: It would also give the Scottish government a majority to pass legislation including a new independence referendum bill: The Scottish cabinet is meeting virtually this morning at 09:30 to approve the proposal.

#AceDailyNews says …SNP and Greens agree new power-sharing deal the deal would take the Greens into government for the first time anywhere in the UK but would not be a true coalition only a way for SNP to get majority to pass legislation and include new #IndyRef2 bill to gain independence and eventually they hope lead to rejoining E.U after Nicola Sturgeon had exploratory talks before U.K. left …..

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Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish Greens co-leaders Lorna Slater and Patrick Harvie are expected to confirm details of the deal later

Jacinda Ardern signed a co-operation agreement with the Green Party in November 2020:

Some Green MSPs are expected to be appointed as ministers in Nicola Sturgeon’s government, with further details of the agreement to be outlined later on Friday.

BBC Scotland’s political editor, Glenn Campbell, said the deal would “look like a coalition but fall short of a coalition” and would provide an SNP-Green deal for Scotland

The pro-independence Greens will sign up to the bulk of the government’s policy – but there will also be areas where they are in disagreement with the SNP, and they will be able to criticise it on those points.

This is a new form of government at Holyrood and a first in the UK, and is based on the arrangements the New Zealand Greens have with Jacinda Ardern’s government. 

The Greens are the fourth largest party in the Scottish Parliament after winning eight seats in the election in May, while the SNP won 64 seats – leaving them one short of an overall majority. 

The SNP had formed a minority government for the previous five years, and had relied on the support of the Greens to pass its annual budget.

The deal has been struck with less than three months to go until the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.

The Greens have been pressing the Scottish government to go further in tackling global warming in exchange for their support, and want it to take a tougher stance against new oil and gas exploration in the North Sea.

The GMB union said workers across the energy sector were “looking on with real concern” and would be “seeking assurances that this deal will not be a one-way ticket to the dole queue”.

The Greens are also opposed to the government’s road building programme, and some businesses including fish farming have warned that Green policies could damage the economy if they are adopted by the government.

The Scottish Conservatives have described a tie up between the two parties as a “coalition of chaos” that will threaten North Sea jobs, and said the deal was a “doctrine to start a war on working Scotland”.

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar challenged the Greens to show they are not simply the SNP’s “lackeys”, and said the party needed to “rediscover their principles and fight for a greener Scotland rather than roll over to the SNP every time the going gets tough.”

This new power-sharing partnership will take Greens into government for the first time anywhere in the UK. That may have particular resonance in the months before the UN climate summit – COP26 – is held in Glasgow. For Greens, it is about maximising policy influence, especially when it comes to tackling global warming.

For the SNP, it is about creating a more stable administration, able to see off opposition ambush. Whatever else is agreed, this tie-up will give the Scottish government a majority at Holyrood to pass budgets, win confidence votes and make legislation – including for another independence referendum. It looks a lot like a coalition but crucially the Greens have opt-outs from policies they don’t like – retaining the ability to criticise the government of which they would become part.

The details of what’s been agreed will be confirmed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the co-leaders of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater, on Friday afternoon.Their deal follows two months of negotiations led by the Deputy First Minister John Swinney for the government and MSPs Ross Greer and Maggie Chapman for the Greens.

It is not yet clear which Greens will join the government, although a couple of junior ministers are expected to be named next week. The deal still requires the approval of the decision-making bodies of both parties before it can take effect.

The SNP’s national executive committee is due to meet on Saturday and the Greens have scheduled a meeting of their membership for Saturday 28 August. Both sides want the deal to take effect before Holyrood returns with a statement on the programme for government on Tuesday 31 August.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Aug.20: 2021:

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