Businesses won't face enforcement action over covid vaccine passports for two weeks after they become law, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

The First Minister confirmed a grace period to allow night clubs, gig venues, and larger football clubs more time to prepare for the scheme's introduction.

Vaccine passports for certain indoor venues and large outdoor gatherings in Scotland will still become law from 5am on Friday - but it won't be legally enforced until October 18.

Under the proposals, proof of vaccination will be needed for nightclubs as well as any unseated indoor live event with more than 500 people in the audience.

It will also needed to attend any unseated outdoor events with more than 4,000 people attending, and at any event with more than 10,000 in the crowd.

The Scottish Government previously confirmed football clubs will not be expected to check every supporter's vaccine passport before they are allowed to enter a stadium on match day.

Large outdoor events such as music festivals and sports matches will instead be required to carry out "a reasonable number of checks".

Football bosses had previously warned that asking every fan to prove their vaccine status before being allowed through a turnstile could cause massive queues on match days.

Announcing the grace period for businesses, Sturgeon told MSPs: "Many other countries are already demonstrating the value of Covid certification.

"It is for these reasons that Cabinet decided this morning to proceed with the laying of the regulations that will bring such a scheme into operation.

"However, we are also determined to listen and, as far as possible, respond to the reasonable concerns of business, so that the introduction and practical implementation of the scheme is as smooth as possible."

Sturgeon continued: "I can confirm therefore that Cabinet this morning agreed a change to our original plans for the scheme’s commencement.

"The new, staged approach we are proposing is designed to help businesses adapt to the requirement that the scheme will place upon them, and give them a period in which they can operationalise and test their arrangements in practice.

"I can therefore confirm that after the legal obligation comes into force at 5am on Friday, we intend to allow a further period of slightly more than two weeks - until October 18 - before any business could face enforcement action for non-compliance."

It comes as the SNP leader announced the number of reported covid cases each day in Scotland continues to drop.

In the five weeks between August 2 and September 6, the increase in average daily cases was more than five-fold – from an average of 1,115 new cases a day to 6,438.

Since then average daily cases have halved to 3,119 new cases a day with numbers now are below the previous peak of early July.

Sturgeon added: "The steepest falls – of more than a quarter - have been in the 15 to 19 age group, and in the 20 to 24 age group.

"However there have been significant declines in all age groups.

"What is obviously positive is that this overall reduction in cases has happened without the need to reintroduce any lockdown restrictions - which of course all of us were, and are, keen to avoid."

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