Equity responds to changes to Covid restrictions in Scotland

On 22 February, the Scottish Government announced changes to Covid restrictions in Scotland. See the new rules for Scotland in Living safely with Covid - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

Equity statement on changes in Scotland

"Equity welcomes the Scottish Government's decision to maintain self-isolation requirements for people who test positive to Covid. This commitment, coupled with free access to lateral flow and PCR tests, recognises the challenges that Covid presents in the workplace. Equity continues to lobby the Scottish Government on workers' safety issues, and demands employers in the creative industries take all steps to maintain covid safe workplaces."

New rules

  • vaccine certification will no longer be legally required from Monday 28 February, although the app will remain available so any business that wishes to continue certification on a voluntary basis to reassure customers will be able to do so
  • current legal requirements on the use of face coverings, the collection of customer details for contact tracing purposes, and for businesses, service providers and places of worship to have regard to guidance on Covid and to take reasonably practicable measures set out in the guidance are expected to be lifted on 21 March, subject to the state of the pandemic
  • access to lateral flow and PCR tests will continue to be free of charge, ahead of a detailed transition plan being published on the future of Scotland’s test and protect programme in March

People who test positive for COVID-19 will continue to be asked to self-isolate to reduce the risk of infecting other people. Any changes to the recommended period of self-isolation will be considered on an ongoing basis.