Proof of negative test can now be used as alternative to vaccine passport
The Scottish Government’s Covid certification scheme will now accept a negative test as an alternative to proof of vaccination.
From Monday, people who can show they have had a negative rapid lateral flow test (LFD) or PCR test can be admitted to ‘higher risk settings’ in Scotland.
This includes unseated indoor events with 500 or more people, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more people, and any event with 10,000 or more people.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “Covid certification is playing a positive role in reducing the risk of transmission of Covid-19.
“It is also allowing higher risk settings to continue to operate more safely. This change makes it possible for people to show proof of a negative test as an alternative to proof of vaccination.
“In addition as we approach the festive period and people socialise indoors, we are asking for everyone to significantly step up and increase compliance with public health measures.
“This includes using LFD testing more regularly as well as getting vaccinated, wearing face coverings and working from home where possible.
“I have been heartened to see that there has been a significant increase in demand for tests recently, and would encourage all households to have and use a regular supply of the tests.”
LFD test kit instructions include details of how to register a test result on the online results portal or by phone. Once the test result is registered (and the individual consents to receive a confirmation message), an email and text is issued to confirm the result. People can show that text or email message to gain entry to settings where certification is needed.
The Scottish Government also says it is working with local partners including local authorities and transport partners to further expand the availability of free lateral flow tests and identify further sites for them to be picked up, including shopping centres, supermarkets, garden centres, sports grounds, Christmas markets and transport hubs.
Tests are available free of charge to order on the UK Government website or for collection at a pharmacy or test site.