Nicola Sturgeon Announces Scotland’s New Covid Rules

Majority of Scotland’s Covid-19 rules are set to be scrapped from Monday the 9th of August.

Pubs and venues are allowed to let in more customers and social distancing is no longer required in most settings.

Sports stadia can also open at a full capacity but will need council’s permission to host more than 5,000 visitors .

Short summary of the remaining social distancing rules

Changes were also announced to self isolation rules. Fully vaccinated adults that can provide a negative PCR test are exempt from isolating if they’re identified as a close contact of covid. However mask wearing will still be mandatory in clubs, public transport, hospitality and in schools.

Secondary school students will still need to distance and wear masks but isolation rules will be changed to target the most high risk contacts. Two tests weekly will also be expected to continue for the time being once students return to school.

Sturgeon went on to say talks were being held about implementing a vaccine certification programme but nothing has been solidified yet.

She also went on to say if needed local restrictions will be imposed if COVID cases begin to spiral.

More information can be found on the Scottish government’s website.

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