First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gave an update on the status of the COVID-19 virus in Scotland and the extent of OMICRON variant infections.

The First Minister indicated that whilst there is still cause for concern, infection rates and hospitalisation data was positive and encouraging and that the peak of OMICRON was in the first week of January.

There is strong evidence to support the following changes to the current COVID-19 restrictions.

From Monday 24th January:
Temporary OMICRON curbs will be lifted – this includes an end to nightclub closures and table service in pubs.
Limits on attendance at indoor events will be removed.
Guidance advising against indoor contact sports will be removed.
The three household limit on indoor social gatherings will be removed.
Businesses, service providers and places of worship have to still take “reasonable measures” to minimise the spread of coronavirus on their premises.

This means:

Face coverings remain mandatory in public indoor settings and public transport.
Businesses and organisations should still stick to guidance on minimising the spread of the virus.
Hospitality businesses must continue to collect contact details for customers to help the effective operation of Test & Protect.
The government urge people to remain cautious at all times and ask us to still work from home wherever possible.

Please remember if you are visiting from England, that restrictions here may be more cautious than you are used to and respect our local communities!