Covid hospitality rules in Scotland remain in effect while table service requirement remains in effect


Current rules for the hotel industry in Scotland will remain in place amid the growing spread of Covid-19 across the country.

Nicola Sturgeon provided an update on Scotland’s position during a virtual parliament meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

The prime minister said all current measures to limit the infectious omicron variant of the virus should remain in place for a week, while no further measures are proposed at this point.

Significantly, however, and perhaps as expected, the self-isolation rules will change. The isolation time has been reduced from 10 to seven days, two negative tests are recorded on days six and seven.

Meanwhile, the Scottish government has introduced changes to the self-isolation rules for close contact for fully vaccinated people – including third doses – and those under 18, four months old. They will no longer need to self-isolate as long as a lateral flow test is performed daily.

And speaking specifically of hospitality, Nicola Sturgeon has indicated that she expects existing rules to remain in place until January 17.

The one-meter distance rule remains in place for the time being

On December 21, the government reintroduced the one-meter social distancing rule for the hospitality industry, making it clear that all groups of people attending a place together should stay one meter away from other groups. In addition, it is advisable that people from a maximum of three different households are allowed to mix when socializing indoors. And, as it is, table service is required for places serving alcohol.

The Prime Minister advised: “I can confirm that the restrictions on large gatherings, the requirement for distancing between groups in indoor public places and for table service in hospitality venues serving alcohol on site. will remain in effect for now and, I think, until January 17th.

“In addition, although it is not a legal requirement, we continue to advise the general public to limit contact with persons from other households as much as possible and to limit the number of households in any indoor gathering that takes place in one three at most.

“After two long years of this pandemic, asking people to cut off all social interaction is not feasible – and it would hurt mental health and well-being.

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“However, limiting contact as much as possible and thinking carefully about the interactions that matter most to us is important at this time.

“It helps stem the increase in transmission to some extent – and therefore has a collective benefit. But it also helps protect us as individuals.

“When at least 1 in 20 of us have the virus – as is the case now – the risk of contracting it when we mix with others is significant.

“So if we limit the occasions we mix, we also reduce our own risk of catching a virus that we know could negatively impact our health.

“Trying to stem transmission – at least to some extent – is also important for the NHS which is under increasing pressure.”

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