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Crowd restrictions lifted for outdoor events - Perthshire Chamber of Commerce

Crowd restrictions lifted for outdoor events

Large outdoor public events such as football matches can take place again after some of Scotland's Covid restrictions were relaxed.

The Celtic vs Hibs match in Glasgow later will be the first test of revised rules which require the vaccine certification of at least 50% of attendees to be checked.

Restrictions on indoor sports, events and venues remain in place.

But Holyrood will be updated on Tuesday as to when these will be removed.

Nicola Sturgeon has previously said she is hopeful that the restrictions on indoor events can be lifted on 24 January.

As well as the changes to outdoor events, the definition of "fully vaccinated" for the purpose of vaccine passports has changed and now includes having a booster if the second dose was more than four months ago.

All outdoor events have been limited to just 500 people for the last three weeks as part of a raft of measures to help slow the spread of Omicron variant.

In recent days, a slowdown in infection rates has given experts "cause for optimism" that the country might be over the worse of the infection surge.

But the number of Covid patients in hospital remains high and staff shortages as a result of the pandemic are putting pressure on the NHS and social care services.

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