What is level 0 in Scotland? Lockdown restrictions explained – and … Tue, 13 Jul 2021 16:00:00 +0100-Confirming the change to Level 0, the First Minister urged people to adhere to protective measures and sensible precautions to suppress coronavirus (COVID-19) …
Caution required to go beyond Level 0 on 9 August.
People should continue to follow public health measures to protect one another as all of Scotland prepares to move to Level 0 at 00:01 on Monday 19 July.
Confirming the change to Level 0, the First Minister urged people to adhere to protective measures and sensible precautions to suppress coronavirus (COVID-19) to help create conditions that allow Scotland to move beyond Level 0 on 9 August.
From 00:01 on Monday 19 July, physical distancing in Level 0 will reduce to 1 metre in all indoor public settings and outdoors. Additionally, informal social gatherings of up to 15 people from 15 households will be permitted outdoors without physical distancing. Gatherings of up to 10 people from four households will be permitted in all indoor public settings with 1 metre physical distancing.
Other easings to Level 0 taking effect at that time include:
- under-12s will no longer count towards the number of households that can gather indoors in public spaces and homes
- hospitality settings can open till midnight, if their current licence permits that, and customers will no longer be required to pre-book a two-hour slot to go to a pub or restaurant but will still be required to provide contact details to assist Test & Protect
- up to 200 people will be able to gather at weddings and funerals
Employers are asked to continue to support home working where possible until we move beyond Level 0.
From 04:00 Monday 19 July, travellers who are fully vaccinated through a UK vaccination programme and children arriving into Scotland from Amber List countries will no longer be required to self-isolate and take a day eight test, but adults and children over 12 will still take tests before travelling and on day two after arrival. Anyone testing positive for or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will still require to isolate for 10 days.
A survey is being launched for those at highest risk from COVID-19 to gather views on what additional support might be needed as restrictions ease. Later this week, the Chief Medical Officer will also write to this group with advice on what moving to Level 0 will mean for them.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
“While Scotland will move to Level 0 from next Monday, we will do so with certain modifications to our original indicative plans. This is intended to ensure that our pace of easing restrictions is sensible in light of the challenge we continue to face from the Delta variant. There is no doubt that Delta has become, unfortunately, something of a game-changer – even for countries on course to achieving full vaccine protection – so COVID does remain a threat that we must treat seriously.
“The Scottish Government understands the temptation to lift more restrictions more quickly. In our view, and in line with clinical advice and modelling, a gradual approach stands the best chance of minimising further health harm and loss of life – and also because a gradual approach stands the best chance of being a sustainable approach, it will be better in the long term for the economy as well.
“We are easing restrictions next week – but we are not abandoning them. We will also keep in place for now certain other measures – such as the requirement to wear face coverings, co-operate with test and protect teams, and comply with advice on good hygiene and ventilation.
“If we do all of this, frustrating though it all continues increasingly to be, we will help protect ourselves and our loved ones. As we continue to complete the vaccination programme, which does offer us still the route back to greater normality, we will make it easier for more restrictions to be gradually and sensibly lifted in the weeks ahead.”
The output of engagement on baseline measures will be published by the end of July.
The First Minister will provide a further update to Parliament in the week before the next review date on 9 August.
Regulations will be laid on Thursday 15 July ahead of the changes coming into effect on Monday 19 July.
Level 0 from 19 July – gov.scot Tue, 13 Jul 2021 16:00:00 +0100-There are hopes the First Minister will announce the move, which was originally scheduled to go ahead on 28 June but was pushed back due to high cases of …
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will confirm on Tuesday whether Scotland can move down to level 0 Covid-19 restrictions next week.
There are hopes that the First Minister will announce the move, which was originally scheduled to go ahead on 28 June but was pushed back due to high cases of the Delta variant.
The new plan is for Scotland to move to level zero on 19 July – the same day England will lift its remaining lockdown restrictions.
According to the current lockdown roadmap, if level zero is introduced from 19 July then Scotland’s remaining social distancing rules will ease three weeks later, on 9 August.
Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousafc, has indicated that Scotland is “past the worst” of the current peak in Covid-19 cases, raising hopes that restrictions can ease as planned.
However, he also insisted that the Scottish Government would take a “cautious not cavalier” approach to the new rules during comments made to BBC radio over the weekend.
Mr Yousaf said: “From the data I have seen over the last week – optimistically, I think we can say we are past the worst of the peak, this particular peak.
“Now that doesn’t mean there wouldn’t be another peak in the future but we’re beginning to see a stabilisation and beginning to see the cases level off. Still very high I must say, but we’re beginning to see a positive trend.”
The whole country is expected to move to level 0 at once, despite large parts of central Scotland – including Edinburgh and Glasgow – currently being in level 2.
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