New Year’s Eve will still be allowed under the current covid guidance, but they are expected to look different than many had originally planned.
Nicola Sturgeon confirmed on Wednesday that people will still be allowed to meet at Hogmanay, but that they should do so in smaller numbers.
Despite the fact that pubs and bars are allowed to remain open, Scots are asked to limit all social gatherings to members of three households – and to take lateral flow tests every day they plan to meet others.
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Under previously announced restrictions, pubs and restaurants in Scotland have reintroduced social distancing indoors and customers must order while sitting at a table.
Nightclubs have been forced to close for at least three weeks and all outdoor public events are limited to crowds of only 500.
The first minister said restrictions would remain in place until health experts had a better understanding of the omicron variant of coronavirus.
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She told MSPs: “Although we better understand the effects, and while more and more of us are getting the extra protection from booster vaccinations – which will help reduce the effects – we must try to avoid the amount of cases overwhelming us.
“That’s why it’s sensible, in fact important, that we slow down transmission as much as possible.
“Over Hogmanay and New Year’s Day, and at least the first week of January, we advise everyone to stay home more than usual, to reduce contact with people outside our own household and to limit the size of indoor social gatherings that take place. , so that they do not include persons from more than three households. “
Despite her prayer, Sturgeon also confirmed that there would be no changes to the current restrictions.
The current measures will be reviewed on 11 January.
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