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SEC ready for busy event calendar as Scotland Covid restrictions set to lift

SEC ready for busy event calendar as Scotland Covid restrictions set to lift

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) said it is ready to deliver a full calendar of UK and international conferences this year, following the news that Scotland's vaccine certification scheme will end this week.

Speaking in Scottish Parliament on 22 February, Sturgeon said the country’s vaccine passport scheme will end on 28 February, but the app will remain available for business that wish to continue certification on a voluntary basis.

Other restrictions such as the mandatory wearing of face coverings will be dropped on 21 March.

SEC reaction

Reacting to the first minister’s announcement, Kathleen Warden, director of conference sales, SEC, said the move provides “assurance for organisers and delegates that conferences and meetings can be delivered and experienced to the full”.

Warden commented: “We welcome the announcement by the Scottish Government to end the need for mandatory vaccine passports. Since the easing of restrictions in January we’ve hosted a number of live events and it's been great to welcome attendees back to our venues.

“The further lifting of restrictions puts us in a strong position to move forward into 2022 with confidence and we are ready to deliver a full calendar of UK and international conferences in 2022."

Further Scottish Government advice

Sturgeon advised people to continue to follow public health advice on getting vaccinated, testing as regularly as possible, wearing face coverings when required or recommended, and keeping rooms ventilated.

She said: “All of this still matters, even as we lift the remaining legal requirements. It is how we can keep ourselves and each other safe, as we recover from Covid and look forward together to brighter and better days ahead.”

The first minister’s announcement comes after PM Boris Johnson said that England's restrictions will be lifted on 23 February and free mass testing will end on 1 April.