A Glasgow nightclub owner has said the vaccine passport scheme to start next week in Scotland is “ridiculous” and is not needed.

Donald MacLeod, owner of the Garage and Cathouse clubs in the city centre, said it won’t stop the spread or people ending up in hospital.

He questioned asking door stewards to check clubbers’ medical history.

Yesterday, Nicola Sturgeon gave the definition of what venues would have to apply the scheme.

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The criteria of nightclub is a venue which is open between midnight and 5 am, serving alcohol, and which has a designated area for dancing and provides live or recorded music for this purpose.

The scheme will start on October 1 and also includes: Unseated indoor live events, with more than 500 people in attendance.

Unseated outdoor live events, with more than 4000 people in the audience. Any event, of any nature, which has more than 10,000 people.

Nightclubs and smaller venues will ned to check everyone but larger events should do spot checks.

The First Minister said she expected  venues to apply “common sense”.

Speaking on BBC Scotland’s Call Kaye programme, Mr MacLeod said of the scheme: “I think it’s terrible. It’s iniquitous, it’s inequitable. If common sense was applied it would be ditched,

“The definition of a nightclub is ridiculous. Is it right that a door steward is being asked to check someone’s medical records.

“It doesn’t stop the spread. There’s no evidence.”

He said providing a negative test should be sufficient to allow clubs to stay open.

He added: “It was OK at Trnsmt where 150,000 people and there was no spike.

“Cases are going down and we were told if cases go down this wouldn’t be brought in and they’ve gone back on it. We can’t trust this government.

“To say open all we need to do is show a negative lateral flow test.

“We have supported the government since day one by and large and will continue to do so. This doesn’t stop people going into hospital.”

He added the nighttime economy sector is worth £5bn to the Scottish economy.