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First Minister Statement 13th July 2021

 

The First Minister has confirmed to Parliament that all parts of Scotland not currently there will move to level 0 on Monday 19 July.  Although there have been modifications made to the original indicative plans as a result of the challenges posed by the Delta variant.

The modifications include:

  • All hospitality required to close at midnight (From 00.01 on Monday 19 July, hospitality settings can open till midnight, where their licence allows, and customers no longer be required to pre-book a two-hour slots.  However, customers will still be required to provide contact details to assist Test & Protect and to wear face coverings except when seated).
  • The limit on outdoor group gatherings of 15 people from 15 households will remain in place.
  • No physical distancing is required within groups of 15, but will be required between groups of 15. The economy secretary will work with the events industry to explore how events already organised might still go ahead with modifications.
  • Gradual return to the office delayed for at least 3 weeks (9th August) and employees still asked to work from home where possible.

Further information on what Level 0 means for all sectors is available here and the First Minister’s full speech can be found here.

In addition, from 04:00 Monday 19 July, fully vaccinated travellers and children arriving into Scotland from Amber List countries will no longer be required to self-isolate and take a day eight test. Adults and children over 12 will still take tests before travelling and on day two after arrival. Anyone testing positive for or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will still require to isolate for 10 days.

The First Minister will provide a further update to Parliament in the week before the next review date on 9 August but the intention is to move beyond level 0 on the 9th August. 

  • The FM highlighted and indicated that beyond Level 0:
    • Close contacts will not have to self isolate so long as they are double vaccinated more than two weeks ago and take a PCR tes

 

Some measures are expected to continue beyond Level 0 including:

  • good hand hygiene and surface cleaning
  • continued promotion of good ventilation
  • a requirement for face coverings in certain settings (e.g. public transport and retail)
  • continued compliance with Test and Protect, including self-isolation when necessary
  • an ongoing need for outbreak management capability, including active surveillance
  • a greater degree of working from home than pre COVID-19 where this is possible and appropriate based on business and employee choice

 

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