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Most of Scotland's Covid restrictions end - Perthshire Chamber of Commerce

Most of Scotland's Covid restrictions end

Most of the remaining legal Covid restrictions in Scotland have now officially come to an end.

Businesses are no longer required to retain customers' contact details.

However, the legal requirement to wear face coverings in shops, hospitality venues and public transport remains in place.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the rule will stay for "a further short period" because of the surge in cases.

The measure will be reviewed again before the Scottish Parliament's Easter recess on 2 April, and is expected to become guidance shortly afterwards.

Asymptomatic people will still be advised to test regularly until 18 April - with tests free of charge - and people with symptoms should continue to get a PCR test until the end of that month.

However, the population-wide testing and contact tracing system will come to a close at the end of April, with people with symptoms advised to stay at home.

It comes amid warnings that the latest Covid surge in Scotland may peak within the next fortnight.

On Friday, there were 2,050 patients in hospital with Covid, just three short of the record figure recorded on 22 January 2021.

The latest Office for National Statistics figures also showed one in 14 people in Scotland had Covid last week, a new record high and the highest rate in the UK.

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