Live Updates: Scotland To Limit Attendance At Public Events

Nicola Sturgeon has announced that a number of coronavirus restrictions will be lifted in Scotland next week.

The First Minister spoke in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday (January 18) where she confirmed a number of measures brought in to tackle the omicron wave will be removed.

Last week the FM had stated that the limitations on outdoor gatherings would be removed, with restrictions in indoor settings such as hospitality and entertainment to remain.

However, with the pandemic now taking a "much more positive course", Nicola Sturgeon confirmed a large proportion of the remaining rules will be removed.

These include social-distancing rules, the closure of nightclubs and table service in hospitality venues.

Speaking at Holyrood, the FM said: "The remaining statutory measures introduced in response to Omicron are as follows; limits on attendance at indoor public events; the requirement for 1 metre physical distancing between different groups in indoor public places; the requirement for table service in hospitality premises serving alcohol on the premises; and the closure of nightclubs.

"Given the improving situation - and as I said last week we hoped to be able to do - I can confirm today that all of these measures will be lifted from next Monday, 24 January.

"We will also from Monday remove the guidance advising adults against non- professional indoor contact sports, so that these can resume as normal.

"And from Monday we will also lift the guidance asking people to stick to a 3 household limit on indoor gatherings."

However, with omicron transmission rates still high in the population, the FM asked the public to still "remain cautious" in their social interactions "at this stage."

Working from home is set to continue until the beginning of February, when a "phased return" will be introduced, added the FM.

Source : https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/nicola-sturgeon-covid-update-live-22784017

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