Live Updates: Scotland To Limit Attendance At Public Events

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed hospitality restrictions across Scotland will be lifted in her latest covid update.

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon, the First Minister has advised rules introduced in a bid to reduce the spread of omicron, including table service only for venues selling alcohol and mandated social distancing between groups will be lifted from next Monday, January 24.

Furthermore, the Scottish Government will be ending the guidance limiting indoor gatherings to three households.

Nicola Sturgeon advised: “The remaining statutory measures introduced in response to omicron are as follows; limits on attendance at indoor public events, the requirement for one 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.

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“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 three household limit on indoor gatherings.”

Elsewhere, the First Minister has also advised of a rule change concerning nightclubs and the covid passport scheme, commenting: "At the moment, nightclubs and other late night venues must apply the covid certification scheme if they have, in use, a designated area for dancing.

“We intend to amend the definition here to provide greater clarity and prevent premises from avoiding certification simply by having tables on a dancefloor - and therefore claiming it is not a dancefloor - but still permitting dancing around the tables.

“This change will take effect from Monday when late night venues are able to reopen.”

Meanwhile, Nicola Sturgeon also hinted at a phased return to work for businesses this winter and said: “Finally, we will continue to ask people to work from home whenever possible at this stage - and for employers to facilitate this. However, we will engage with business now about a return to a more hybrid approach from the start of February.

“The baseline mitigation measures that were in place before Omicron - and the requirement for businesses, service providers and places of worship to take reasonable measures to minimise the spread of coronavirus on their premises - will be retained at this stage to help keep covid contained as this wave recedes.”

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