The First Minister has announced that we will move beyond level 0 from Monday 9 August.

This is when all venues across Scotland will be able to re-open and the legal requirement for physical distancing and limits on gatherings will be removed.

However some protective measures will remain in place for the time being such as the use of face coverings indoors and the collection of contact details from Test and Protect.

There will also continue to be some capacity limits on the number of people allowed indoors (2,000 people) and outdoors (5,000 people) and applications must be made to appropriate authorities for numbers exceeding these figures. This situation will be reviewed on a three weekly basis to ensure they remain proportionate.

In addition there will be significant changes to requirements around self-isolation.

Adults identified as close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will no longer be required to automatically self-isolate if they have been double-vaccinated (with at least two weeks having passed since their second dose), have no symptoms and return a negative PCR test.

The same conditions will apply to anyone aged between five and 17 years old, even if they have not been vaccinated. The requirement to take a PCR test will not apply to children under the age of five.

While a new targeted approach will see only children and young people identified as higher risk close contacts (not whole classes) needing to self-isolate. Of those young people who need to self-isolate, most will be asked to do so for a much shorter time. To allow time to monitor the impacts of these changes, the majority of the mitigations that were in place in schools during the previous term will be retained for up to six weeks.

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