New Covid-19 restrictions announced last week come into place today. Last week the First Minister confirmed that Scotland was to remain in Phase 3 of the route map out of lockdown and further restrictions were also announced to help suppress the spread of COVID-19. The Government has now also launched the free Protect Scotland App from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect.
The new Covid-19 restrictions that will come into place from Monday 14 September
New measures announced included:-
- The limit on the number of people who can meet socially indoors or outdoors will be reduced from a maximum of eight people to six people, and they should come from no more than two households down from three previously. This applies in people’s homes and gardens as well as in hospitality and public spaces such as parks.
- Face coverings will be mandated for customers and staff in indoor hospitality. There will be an exemption for when customers are eating and drinking. Staff in non-public facing roles, such as kitchen staff, will also be exempt where face coverings may present health and safety issues due to the nature of roles. Exemptions for vulnerable groups/individuals will also apply to hospitality settings. Regulations will the take effect on Monday 14 September.
- The cautious approach to any further opening up of economic or social activity will continue and the route map changes that were previously given an indicative date of 14 September will now be assigned a new indicative date of 5 October.
Further details are available here.
The Government has also prepared an updated FAQs on the restrictions and the newly introduced measures. The SLTA would encourage everyone to read these Q&As.
Further details are here.
Free Protect Scotland App launched from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect
The free Protect Scotland App is the next step in stopping the spread of coronavirus and complements existing contact tracing measures, helping the Government to determine contacts that may have otherwise been missed, and allows for alerts to be sent to people at risk far more quickly and therefore reduce the risk of infecting others.
How the App Works.
This app uses tried and tested technology developed by Apple and Google and is already working successfully in other countries across Europe. It works in the background using minimal data to protect you, your friends and your family. It will automatically alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive, and if you test positive the app can quickly alert those you have had close contact with. The app is private and anonymous.
The Protect Scotland App campaign launch will be supported by a four week campaign across TV, radio, press, social media, digital, PR and partnerships activity. The campaign will direct to the new protect.scot website, where you can learn more on how the app works, information on privacy and data and FAQs.
Available campaign resources will include: Posters, social media, editorial copy, app screen shots and explainer videos.
· All campaign assets are available now on the Protect Scotland App – Stakeholder Resource Page.
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