Watch: Sturgeon gives Covid update as work from home rule to be eased

The First Minister addressed MSPs on the state of the pandemic on Tuesday afternoon.

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Scotland’s working from home rule is set to be eased from Monday but school pupils will have to continue to wear masks in class, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

The First Minister, who updated MSPs at Holyrood on Tuesday afternoon, says that the Omicron variant of Covid is now “in reverse” and employers can now look at a “hybrid” office return for staff.

The update comes a day after hospitality bosses and punters welcomed back the further easing of restrictions for pubs, bars and clubs.

Nightclubs were forced to close and table service and physical distancing measures were back in place for venues serving alcohol from December 27.

But from this week, that all changed.

Nightclubs are now able to welcome back revellers after almost a month of being closed, and pub-goers are welcome to take a seat at the bar to enjoy a pint as table service is no longer required.

Physical distancing measures between tables and the advice for customers to only meet in groups containing three households or fewer have also been scrapped.