Potentially thousands of Rangers fans face a new Covid-19 lock-out after the use of vaccine passports was announced by the Scottish Government, even if they’ve been double vaccinated.
The Scottish Government have introduced controversial new proposals which will prevent people from entering nightclubs and large events without proof of vaccination.
Coming into effect on October 1st, the rules impact any event with over 10k attendees, nightclubs, unseated indoor events with over 500 people and unseated outdoor events with 4000 in attendance.
But under the current proposals, according to the BBC, individuals from the rest of the United Kingdom also won’t be allowed entry even if they’ve had both doses of a vaccine.
This will dramatically impact the sizeable groups of travelling fans who come from Northern Ireland, England and even in some circumstances Wales to watch Rangers at Ibrox every week.
Whilst this might be sorted before the scheme comes into effect, this has led to complaints online about potential discrimination based on your location in the UK.
Many of us in rUK have had the same vaccines as our friends & family in Scotland, but won't be 'eligible' for entry to stadiums/ nightclubs where this arbitrary system is being proposed. Nonsense.
Eg, St Mirren under 10k – ok
Ibrox circa 50k – not OK
Legalised discrimination? pic.twitter.com/5ODH5LW3Yd
— Graeme Hanna (@graeme818) September 14, 2021
Fans may well have been double vaccinated with the same vaccines as those who live in Scotland, but they could be prevented from accessing Ibrox based purely on their address.
The notion that an invisible border could make a difference in this regard is utterly, completely, nonsensical and we fully expect this would get sorted before the rules come into effect.
Thousands travel from around the UK on matchdays and – under current rules – the notion they could be locked out of Ibrox even if they’ve been double vaccinated by October is comical.
Read more about vaccine passports HERE as Scotland’s biggest football clubs try to work out how to implement this controversial government strategy.