Sat 19 Dec 20
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced today (Saturday 19 December) a tightening to the previously announced relaxation of restrictions for the Christmas period in Scotland. This announcement has been made to lower circulation across Scotland, following the discovery of a mutation of COVID-19, which is reported to be up to 70% more transmissible than the original virus. The First Minister announced that 17 cases of the new strain have been identified in Scotland, 16 of which are in Greater Glasgow.
The previously announced relaxation of rules to accommodate travel over the Christmas period, from Wednesday 23 - Sunday 27 December, has now been changed to only permit up to three households and a maximum of eight people to meet indoors between 00.01 on Christmas Day and 00.01 on Boxing Day.
The First Minister’s update announced the following measures:
From Boxing Day (00.01 on 26 December) the following restrictions come into force:
For further information on these updated restrictions, take a look at the Scottish Government's COVID-19 new Christmas and festive period guidance.