Nicola Sturgeon has announced all of Scotland’s coronavirus restrictions introduced in response to the Omicron wave will be brought to an end next Monday.
In the Scottish Parliament, the First Minister said nightclub closures and the requirement for table service in hospitality will come to an end. Attendance limits on indoor events will also be lifted.
Sturgeon said: “From Monday we will also lift the guidance asking people to stick to a three-household limit on indoor gatherings.
“However, it is important to stress this point: notwithstanding the improving situation, the level of Covid infection circulating in the community is still high.
“So to minimise the risk of us getting the virus it would be sensible for all of us to remain cautious in our social interactions at this stage.”
She continued: “We will continue to ask people to work from home whenever possible at this stage – and for employers to facilitate this.
“However, we will engage with business now about a return to a more hybrid approach from the start of February.”
On Monday, limits on the number of people that can attend large outdoor public events were removed.
It meant that there can once again be full capacity stadiums in Scotland, with the return of the Scottish Premiership following its winter break and ahead of the Six Nations.