All Covid restrictions to end next month

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All Covid restrictions, which includes the wearing of face masks and rules for businesses and people visiting public places, are all to end on Monday March 21 the first minister has announced.

The announcement was made by Nicola Sturgeon this week in light of the reduced threat of the virus as the number of cases continue to fall across Scotland.

However, according to Public Health Scotland, cases on Arran, which have been below double figures for some time now, are slowly creeping up again with 12 cases reported up until Saturday February 19.

The end of all restrictions will see all of the measures implemented by businesses on Arran, such as collecting details for contact tracing, social distancing measures, restaurants and hospitality precautions, and those affecting gatherings, no longer being a legal requirement.

One of the restrictions will end much sooner though – on Monday February 28 the vaccine passport system which was required to attend large gatherings and football matches, will cease.

The removal of restrictions the government warns, is not because the virus has gone away, but because there are now more effective ways of dealing with it.

Caution and changes to public habits are still being encouraged as safety measures and while the wearing of face masks will no longer required by law, the government is still advising people to continue wearing them in shops and on public transport.