What Covid rules are changing in Scotland from Monday?

A big change is coming, as remaining Covid laws are to be lifted from Monday, April 18.

It has been two long years since mask wearing became mandatory throughout the world.

For some, masks are now second nature, like wearing shoes. Others will be happy to get rid of them entirely.

Although research shows that Covid-19 infection rates have lowered, there are still over 5,000 daily cases being recorded across Scotland.

So what rule changes will we see from this Monday?

Masks



Nicola Sturgeon said progress has been made, but vigilance is still needed

From Monday, masks will no longer be compulsory on public transport, shops and other indoor settings.

The Scottish Government is continuing to “strongly recommend” mask wearing in indoor areas and public transport.

Speaking on the move, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “” In recent weeks we have seen steady progress as we move back to a greater sense of normality and a more sustainable way of managing this virus.

“However our NHS is still under pressure and the most vulnerable members of our society can still benefit from additional measures to protect them from the virus.

“That is why although the use of face coverings will become guidance rather than a legal requirement I strongly recommend members of the public continue wearing face coverings in indoor settings where possible, and particularly when significant numbers of people are present.”

Testing

Scots showing no symptoms will no longer be required to take routine lateral flow tests (LFTS).

Asymptomatic testing in schools and universities will also end on this date.

LFTs will no longer be available free to the public. From Monday, but they can still be purchased for £ 2 at pharmacies for those who wish to continue testing.

If you show Covid symptoms, it is still mandatory to self-isolate and book a PCR test. This is due to change after April 30.

Close contacts of positive cases who are fully vaccinated should continue to do LFTs for seven days.

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