03 Aug 2021

Scotland to scrap most Covid rules on Monday

Scotland will remove most of its remaining coronavirus restrictions from Monday (August 9, 2021), First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.

The country will also end the use of its levels system from Monday, as was previously planned.

However, despite the scrapping of most remaining rules, Ms Sturgeon added the compulsory masks rule will stay for now in some settings. More about that here

‘We will keep this under review, but my expectation is that face coverings are likely to be mandated in law for some time to come,’ she said.

She also said Test and Protect will continue through contact tracing, and working from home will also still be advised by the Scottish Government.

Key points from the guidance is as follows:

• All businesses will be permitted to open.
• There will no longer be a requirement to physically distance from other people
• Individuals who have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccination under a UK Government programme (and 2 weeks to allow the vaccine to take effect),and return a negative (PCR) test, will no longer need to self-isolate as a close contact but should self-isolate at home while they book the test and wait for the results. However, individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will still be required to self-isolate for 10.

• By law, a face covering must be worn in all indoor public places, including public transport unless an exemption applies. In all other settings, such as outdoor events and crowded places, the use of face coverings is encouraged.
• Businesses can start to allow employees to return to offices, taking account of the needs of the business and employees themselves. Scottish Government continue to advise employers to support employees to work from home by enabling hybrid working, where that is appropriate.
• For hospitality businesses local licensing laws will apply for opening hours. The rules requiring mandatory collection of contact details remain in place. Scottish Government will continue to strongly encourage the use of table service where possible, alternatively a takeaway service may be provided, though bar service is now permitted in law.
• Continued compliance with Test and Protect, including self-isolation when necessary.
• Continued promotion of good ventilation, good hand hygiene and surface cleaning.
• Ongoing need for managing infections, including active surveillance.
• Businesses are encouraged to support campaigns to encourage colleagues and customers to be vaccinated.

More details here