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First Minister’s Coronavirus update on 13th July 2021

Posted: 14th July 2021

From the 19th of July all parts of Scotland will move to level 0, but with certain modifications that will apply across the country:

  • Up to 8 people from up to 4 households can meet indoors in private homes
  • Up to 10 people from 4 households can meet indoors in public places (pubs, restaurants, etc.)
  • Up to 15 people from 15 households can meet outdoors in public spaces – there will be no requirement to distance within these groups, but unlike previously announced, there will need to be 1metre distancing between groups under level 0 restrictions
  • In hospitality settings there will no longer be a requirement for customers to pre-book 2 hour slots, but customers will still be required to provide contact details and wear face coverings when not seated. Hospitality will need to close at midnight
  • Up to 200 people will be able to attend weddings and funerals
  • Limits will still be in place on the size of events
  • The physical distancing requirement in public places will become 1 metre indoors in all settings between different household groups.
  • They had previously indicated a gradual return to office from level 0, but this will now be postponed until we move beyond level 0

It is still expected that we will move beyond Level 0 on the 9th August, and from this date the Government are considering removing the blanket requirement for close contacts to self-isolate, provided they are fully vaccinated and have a negative PCR test – guidance on this will follow shortly.

It is likely that from the 9th August, the requirement to wear face coverings will remain mandatory, along with good hygiene and ventilation.

From the 19th of July, self-isolation will no longer be required for people arriving from countries on the Amber list providing they are fully vaccinated through a UK vaccination programme, and take a PCR test on the 2nd day after arrival.

Following the confirmation by the First Minister that all of Scotland will move to Level 0 from the 19th of July, Dr Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said:

“The confirmation that Scotland will move to Level 0 on 19th July marks another encouraging milestone towards the full re-opening of Scotland’s economy and business’s ability to recover.

“The fact remains though that the modified framework deviates away from what businesses had been preparing for and moving the goalposts at this late stage will cause uncertainty, negatively impacting on business confidence and recovery.

“The postponing of the phased return of offices will be a bitter blow for employees and employers alike, many of which had been getting ready to welcome employees back into offices from next week. This will also sound alarm bells for those town and city centre businesses, reliant on office worker footfall and custom, who now need to wait another month until those workers start to return.

“Scotland’s hospitality sector, one of the hardest hit by restrictions, will be concerned that anticipated restrictions were not lifted, including little reprieve for the night-time economy, with challenging restrictions on trading remaining.”

On changes to rules for self-isolation and quarantine, Liz Cameron said:

“A greater four-nations alignment on international travel restrictions and self-isolation is positive, however, until all restrictions are lifted many businesses operating in Scotland’s travel and tourism sector simply won’t be able to open.

“The international travel industry is vital to Scotland’s wider tourism and hospitality sectors, and it’s essential that financial support for these businesses is not only continued but enhanced to allow them to fully recover when restrictions do finally lift.”

On moving beyond Level 0, Liz Cameron said:

“Our view is clear that we should continue on the path set out towards the lifting of all restrictions on the 9th of August as planned.

“The role of the Scottish and UK Government must evolve to enable businesses and communities to operate with autonomy, according to personal circumstances, business preferences and sectoral requirements.”

You fan read the First Minister’s statement in full here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-update-first-ministers-statement-13-july-2021/

If you have any questions or comments, please contact our policy team at policy@edinburghchamber.co.uk

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