Freedom day for Scotland!

Freedom day for Scotland!

9th August 2021

Scotland has left its final level of coronavirus restrictions.

Level zero ended at midnight with almost all of the remaining anti-Covid measures now removed.

The legal requirement for physical distancing has stopped in most places and hospitality venues are now allowed to open at full capacity. Large outdoor gatherings can now go ahead.

But the health secretary urged caution, warning the public "the virus is still with us".

First minister Nicola Sturgeon announced at her last update that Monday 9 August would see almost all restrictions lifted.

On Friday it was also revealed that children under 12 would no longer have to wear face coverings.

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.

The new rules also signal the return of outdoor events of more than 5,000 people and indoor events of more than 2,000 - but they must apply for permission from local authorities and the government to go ahead.

On Saturday, Ms Sturgeon 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.