Two changes will be made to Scotland’s Covid restrictions tomorrow as the country continues to battle its way through the Omicron wave of the virus.
Nicola Sturgeon addressed MSPs at Holyrood on the state of the pandemic in Scotland on Tuesday afternoon.
The First Minister said that the data from the last week “paints another broadly positive picture” following a significant drop in case numbers since the start of the month.
On Wednesday, the Scottish Government recorded 8,516 new cases of Covid over the last 24 hour period – which is much lower than the more than 20,000 recorded on January 3.
The number of people with Covid requiring treatment in hospitals and intensive care wards has also dropped in recent weeks.
But despite the positives, Sturgeon warned Scots of the ‘unpredictable’ threat that the virus continues to pose.
She said: “The welcome progress of the past week to so has been made possible by a combination of booster vaccination, the proportionate measures introduced in December, and of course the willingness of the public to adapt behavior to stem transmission.
“All of that made a difference and has helped, I’m good to say, send Omicron into reverse.
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“This progress is real and I am very hopeful that it can be sustained.
“That said, we know there are still uncertainties ahead and this virus, of course, continues to be unpredictable.
“All of this means that while our return to more normality can be made with confidence, we should still exercise some caution.”
Changes to Scotland’s restrictions tomorrow
Two changes will be made to Scotland’s Covid restrictions from Friday, January 28.
- Social distancing measures will be reduced from two meters to one in indoor settings where people have a specific exemption from the need to wear a face covering – such as those leading religious services or carrying out receptionist duties.
- Adults taking part in organized activities for children will no longer be required to wear a face covering when they are directly interacting with children under the age of five.
The First Minister said that change to the latter of these rules will be of benefit to younger children and to those working with them.
Nicola Sturgeon announced that restrictions on working in the office will be eased from Monday, January 31.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.