Coronavirus restrictions in Scotland
Scotland has moved to post Level 0 restrictions, with some measures to remain in place for the meantime.
The changes involve lifting most of the remaining legally-imposed restrictions, including those relating to physical distancing and the size of social gatherings, and also mean that no venues need to remain closed.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that some measures, such as wearing face coverings, will continue as follows:
- Face coverings must continue to be worn in the same indoor settings as is the case now. This is expected to remain the case for some time.
- Test and Protect will continue to contact-trace positive cases, and there will be an ongoing requirement for indoor hospitality and similar venues to collect customer contact details
- Localised restrictions, as well as travel restrictions, may be used to restrict the spread of outbreaks if necessary
- Homeworking continues to be advised where possible
- Rigorous hygiene, including regular hand washing, will continue to be essential
- Although the law doesn't stipulate physical distancing, the advice is that everybody should keep a safe distance from other people indoors and in other households and in crowded places
- Organisers of outdoor events for more than 5,000 people and indoor events for more than 2,000 people will continue to have to apply for permission to run such activities
Guidance on self-isolation has also changed, particularly for close contacts of those who test positive.
Anybody who has symptoms of, or tests positive for coronavirus will continue to be required to self-isolate. But, as of August 9, an adult who is identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive will no longer be required to automatically self-isolate for 10 days.
Instead, if someone is double-vaccinated – with at least two weeks since the second dose and if they have no symptoms – they should get a PCR test as soon as possible. If the PCR test is negative, self-isolation can then be ended.
If a young person aged 5 to 17 is identified as a close contact, they will need to take a PCR test and can end their self-isolation if they test negative. Children under the age of five will be encouraged but not required to take PCR tests.
Test and Protect will implement revised guidance for under 18s, including in schools, meaning that the blanket isolation of whole classes will no longer be routine. Instead, a more targeted approach will identify close contacts at highest risk of infection.
Changes to council services
Updates on council services are available via the coronavirus (COVID-19) page.
What we need to do to keep safe:
- Get the vaccine when you are offered it
- Wear a face covering, clean hands and surfaces regularly
- Avoid crowded places and stay 1m away from other people
- Meet outside if you can, and open windows when indoors
- If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home
- Take regular tests if you don’t have symptoms to reduce the risk of spreading the virus
- Use the Protect Scotland app and Check-in Scotland apps