COVID-19 Update – 18 January 2022
Posted on 19/01/2022
On Tuesday 18 January, the First Minister provided an update to the Scottish Parliament on COVID-19 and related restrictions. While the COVID Omicron-variant continues to infect a large number of people, evidence suggests that this wave has peaked and cases are trending downwards. However, the First Minister stressed the need for the public to continue following the current health protection measures.
Our guidance documents have been updated to reflect the most recent changes. They can be read and downloaded below.
Temporary restrictions introduced on December 26th will be lifted on Monday, January 24th. These changes include:
- Adult indoor contact sport can resume
- Indoor live event audiences can return
- Table service no longer required where alcohol is served
- 1m physical distancing requirement between groups in indoor public places is no longer required. Please refer to Coronavirus (COVID-19): tourism and hospitality sector – gov.scot for further information.
- Covid certification scheme: There is now a requirement for indoor and outdoor events with attendances of more than 1,000 people to check the certification status of at least 50% of attendees or 1,000 people, whichever is higher.
- Baseline measures: The baseline mitigation measures that were in place before Omicron are being retained and will not be extended, at this stage, to other premises. However, this will be reconsidered if the situation changes. These measures include the use of face coverings in indoor public places and businesses collecting customer data for Test and Protect purposes.
- Reducing social contact: The public are still asked to being asked to keep gatherings as small as our circumstances allow, until at least the end of the month.
- Working from Home: Advice remains to continue to ask people to work from home whenever possible at this stage – and for employers to facilitate this. However, Scottish Government will engage with business about a return to a hybrid approach from the start of February.
- Self-isolation and testing requirements: Unchanged.
Stay safe, and take care.