Six Covid restrictions still in place in Scotland - masks, passports and travel

By Sophie Law

Scotland's pandemic has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs and dozens of different restrictions and rules.

Despite the lockdown tier system being scrapped, there are still some measures in place to stop the spread of the virus as we return to normality.

Some restrictions have remained since the pandemic first began in March 2020 - and we aren't out of the woods yet.

Nicola Sturgeon urged people to stick to the rules this week after cases shot up - and hospitalisations have increased by 50%.

Life beyond Level 0 means some restrictions will remain for the time being as we continue to battle coronavirus.

Here is a reminder of eight rules still in place in Scotland:

1. Masks

Face masks must be worn in places such as pubs and restaurants (Getty Images)

The biggest restriction to stay in place in Scotland is face masks, meaning we won't return to normality just yet.

Nicola Sturgeon said coverings and masks will 'continue to be the law' and must be worn in the 'same indoor settings' as we do now.

Face masks must be worn in places such as shops, restaurants, public transport and gyms.

Luckily, people don't have to wear masks while dancing in a nightclub, or while eating and drinking in a restaurant.

2. Vaccine passport

Scotland's First Minister during First Minister's Questions (Getty Images)

Scots will need to show proof of being vaccinated against covid if they want to visit a nightclub or attend a big football match in a major restriction update.

From October 1, a QR code available through a smart phone app which will be scanned before entry is allowed into:

  • Nightclubs
  • Unseated indoor events with more than 500 people
  • Outdoor unseated events with more than 4,000 people
  • Any event with more than 10,000 in attendance.

Scots could face prosecution if they attempt to visit a venue with a fake vaccine passport.

People under 18, those who are medically exempt, and employees within venues will not have to show certification to gain entry.

There will be a legal requirement for businesses to “take all reasonable measures” to ensure compliance.

Pubs and restaurants are not included for now but the government has not ruled out the scheme being expanded to cover such venues in the future.

3. Self-isolation

Self-isolation has been a core part of the pandemic since coronavirus was first identified and aims to stop the spread of the deadly bug further to the population.

The requirement to self-isolate as a close contact of a positive case has changed for fully vaccinated individuals, as long as you remain asymptomatic.

You do not need to self-isolate as a close contact if you:

  • Are fully vaccinated and 14 days has passed since your second dose
  • You have taken a negative PCR test since being advised to isolate as a close contact
  • You do not develop Covid-19 symptoms

Adults who are not fully vaccinated must continue to self-isolate for 10 days if identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive.

4. International travel

Holidaymakers check-in for flights at Glasgow Airport (PA)

The traffic light system is still in place, with countries place on the green, amber and red lists based on their Covid situation.

The green list allows people to travel without the need to quarantine, but travellers still have to fork out for tests.

People wanting to go on holiday still face travel restrictions - including Covid tests, entry rules, self-isolation and travel insurance.

Scotland will continue to follow the UK Government's lead on international travel in terms of testing and arrivals.

5. Working from home

The removal of restrictions means that people who have been able to work remotely can begin to return to their office.

However, the Scottish Government is still urging people to continue working from home in a bid to control the spread of the virus.

Employers are being encouraged to adopt flexible working practices in the future, offering staff a mix of both home and office-based days.

6. Safety measures

Protective screens at Boots (Reach PLC)

While social distancing has been scrapped, people are being urged to keep on washing hands and use extra safety measures.

Gyms, restaurants and pubs are still using measures such as one-way routes and protective screens.

Some nightclubs and large-scale events, such as TRNSMT, are asking people to provide a negative lateral flow test for entry.

Many businesses are also continuing to clean surfaces regularly and offer hand sanitiser to customers.

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