On Tuesday 21 December, the First Minister provided an update to the Scottish Parliament on COVID-19 and related restrictions. This reiterated the increasing challenge posed by the Omicron variant, the priority being placed on supporting the vaccine and booster programme, and the need for businesses to strengthen compliance with protection measures.
Our guidance documents have been updated to reflect the most recent changes. They can be read and downloaded below.
As part of the update the First Minister also confirmed enhanced measures will be put in place for up to three weeks from 26 December 2021 for ‘large scale events’ and ‘indoor contact sport for adults’ and 27th December all other areas including hospitality & leisure centres. These measures include:
Large-scale spectator and participation events can go ahead if 1m physical distancing measures are put in place and attendances limited to:
Further guidance relating to event organisation is available at Coronavirus advice for events from VisitScotland.org
For the three-week period, Scottish Government advises that people stay at home as much as possible, keep contacts to a minimum; and keep New Year gatherings as small as your family circumstances allow. Further Scottish Government guidance is available at Coronavirus in Scotland on gov.scot.
The First Minister also confirmed that an additional £275m will be provided in business support on top of the £100m announced last week. Further information will be published on the Scottish Government website in the coming weeks.