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Covid Scotland: New restrictions come into force today

Nicola Sturgeon last week confirmed a host of further restrictions as the country tries to combat the spread of the Omicron variant.

The new variant has become the dominant strain of Covid in Scotland, leading to a spike in case numbers in recent weeks.

What new measures are being introduced?

From 5am on December 26:

  • Attendance at large events has been limited to:
  • 100 people for indoor standing events
  • 200 people for indoor seated events
  • 500 people for all outdoor events (seated or standing)
  • From 5am on December 27:

One metre physical distancing will be re-introduced in all hospitality and indoor leisure settings. This includes pubs, restaurants, gyms, theatres and museums amongst others.

Table service is also required in settings where alcohol is served for consumption on the premises.

Nightclubs are also to close for a period of at least three weeks from this date,   however will have the option of remaining open if they operate with table service and physical distancing.

When will Scotland’s restrictions lift?

All of the temporary measures are to be reviewed after three weeks on January 11.

Are vaccine centres open?

Test centres will be open throughout the festive period – between 10am and 2pm on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and 8am and 6pm on other days – while contact tracing will also continue.

 

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