It was announced today that legal requirement for physical distancing and limits on gatherings will be removed on 9 August when all venues across Scotland are able to re-open.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today stated: “The move beyond level 0 will entail the lifting of most of the remaining legally imposed restrictions - most notably, on physical distancing and limits to the size of social gatherings.

It also means that from 9 August, no venues will be legally required to close.”

Adults identified as close contacts of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 will also no longer be automatically required to self-isolate for 10 days from 9 August. Anyone who is double-vaccinated with at least two weeks passed since their second dose and who has no symptoms will be able to end self-isolation if they return a negative PCR test.

Although, some protective measures will remain in place.

Protective measures which will stay in place include:

  • The use of face coverings indoors
  • The collection of contact details as part of Test and Protect
  • Capacity limits of 2000 people indoors and 5000 people outdoors will also remain in place although some exceptions may be possible on a case by case basis.
  • We will continue to use travel restrictions, as and when necessary, to restrict the spread of outbreaks and protect against the risk of importation of new variants

These will be reviewed on a three weekly basis to ensure they remain proportionate.