Murdo Fraser hits out at SNP plans to extend Covid pass

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Scottish Tory MSP Murdo Fraser has slammed the Covid passport in Scotland, saying the plans to extend the scheme have added to “chaos and confusion” businesses have been experiencing since the start of the pandemic. On Tuesday Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that vaccine certification could be rolled out to cinemas, theatres and more hospitality venues from December 6 to contain risks of the virus spreading again.

Speaking to BBC Scotland’s The Nine, Murdo Fraser said: “I think it’s just added to the chaos and confusion that’s affecting the business community.

“And I’ve spoken to people in the business community today who are appalled by the way that government is treating them.

“They’re now potentially facing another week of uncertainty. 

“We don’t know which businesses are in the firing line to be affected by rollover the vaccine passport scheme.

He went on: “It could be more hospitality businesses.

“And now potentially our fiscal situation where people who have Christmas parties or lunches might have to get back in certification that they don’t have.” 

The host asked: “Okay, it’s just a few more days of uncertainty isn’t it?

“If you’ve got the best interest of businesses at heart and the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said if she did extend it, it would be in order to make sure that these businesses can stay open throughout Christmas. 

“That’s really a good thing, isn’t it?” 

Mr Fraser said: “Well, the difficulty with this argument from the Scottish Government is we don’t actually have any evidence that vaccine passports work. 

“And we’ve challenged the Scottish Government on that, we’ve chosen advisors, they can’t tell us the vaccine passports actually achieved either a reduction in the spread of the COVID nor do they achieve the objective of driving vaccination.”

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The deputy first minister John Swinney has said that people in Scotland can expect a “normal Christmas” with some Covid measures.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that vaccine certification could be rolled out to cinemas, theatres, and more hospitality venues from 6 December.

John Swinney said: “I’m very hopeful that this could be a normal Christmas,” he added. “It will be a normal Christmas with us all taking care, is what I would say.

“We may have to put in place some additional measures to make sure that is the case.”
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