Restrictions Eased

Restrictions brought in to combat the Omicron variant before Christmas will be lifted across Scotland from next Monday, with nightclubs re-opening, social distancing rules in bars and restaurants shelved and large indoor events resuming.

  • We are being urged to remain “cautious” about socialising in larger groups
  • To continue to work from home and use face coverings
  • Vaccine passports will remain in use for large-scale events.

The remaining statutory measures introduced in response to Omicron will be lifted from next Monday, 24 January. They are

  • limits on indoor public events
  • the requirement for one metre physical distancing between different groups in indoor public places
  • the requirement for table service in hospitality premises serving alcohol on the premises
  • and the closure of nightclubs

From Monday, the guidance asking people to stick to a three household limit on indoor gatherings will also be lifted


  • Face coverings remain mandatory in public indoor settings and public transport.
  • Businesses and organisations should still stick to guidance on minimising the spread of the virus.
  • Hospitality businesses must continue to collect contact details for customers to help the effective operation of Test & Protect.