Last reviewed 25 January 2022

The Scottish Government has followed England and Wales in lifting many of the restrictions imposed during the pandemic (see Phased easing of Covid restrictions to continue in Wales and Prime Minister confirms return to Plan A).

However, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has confirmed that people will still be asked to work from home and to take lateral flow tests before meeting others.

Earlier, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had said that guidance advising adults against meeting up with more than three households at a time had been removed as had restrictions on indoor contact sports.

While the vaccine passport scheme remains in force for certain venues, she also said that the requirement for one metre physical distancing and table service in hospitality settings has now ended.

Mr Swinney said that the Scottish Government would continue to take what he called a proportionate approach to the measures that remain in place.

These include the use of face coverings on public transport, in indoor public places and in secondary schools which are all still required.

Going against the optimistic tone of Prime Minister Boris Johnson when he announced the lifting of restrictions in England, the Scottish Deputy First Minister said: “There are people who are still having a very hard time with Covid and our health service is still enduring the enormous pressures of Covid. So Covid has not, in any shape or form, disappeared.”