Moving Beyond Level 0

Level zero has ended with almost all of the remaining anti-Covid measures in Scotland now removed. On Saturday, The First Minister said that Scotland was in a “much better position” with Covid-19 than could have been expected at the start of summer, but she also urged Scots to “continue to take sensible precautions” despite many of the legal coronavirus rules being lifted.

The legal requirement for physical distancing has stopped in most places and hospitality venues are now allowed with capacity limits of 2000 people indoors and 5000 people outdoors – although some exceptions may be possible on a case by case basis.

The restrictions which remain are:

  • the requirement to wear face coverings indoors in public places and on public transport
  • pupils and teachers must continue wearing masks indoors for up to six weeks after schools return
  • school staff must keep at least 1m distance from each other and from children and young people while on the school estate
  • 2m distancing should still be observed in healthcare settings
  • office workers should still work from home, where possible
  • details still need to be given at hospitality venues for Test and Protect

There are also new rules on self-isolation for close contacts of positive cases. Double-vaccinated adults and all children can now avoid self-isolation if identified as a close contact so long as they are symptomless and provide a negative PCR test.

Whole classes in schools will no longer have to stay at home if an infection is discovered, although children and adults who are higher-risk close contacts will be told to isolate.

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