Nightclubs in Scotland can reopen from today

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A number of restrictions introduced in response to the Omicron variant will be eased in Scotland from today (24 January).

Last week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that clubs would be able to reopen from today (24 January), with the cap on indoor events, mandatory table service in pubs and restaurants and social distancing measures also scrapped.

These restrictions were initially put in place in December in response to rising Covid-19 cases across Scotland. The decision to enforce new measures in the face of the Omicron variant was met with some criticism from opposition politicians. However, Sturgeon defended the move during an appearance on BBC’s Sunday Morning show yesterday (23 January).

Describing the use of tougher restrictions as “worth it”, Sturgeon said: “If you look at what we were predicting through our modelling would be the case in January before Christmas… it was around 50,000 infections a day and we didn’t see that materialise or anything like that materialise.”

She added: “So, yes, I think what we did has been worth it and we’re hopefully now seeing Scotland… very firmly on the downward slope of that Omicron wave.”

Some restrictions will remain in place in Scotland, including the use of face coverings on public transport and indoor public spaces. Covid passes or proof of a negative lateral flow test will also be required for entry into clubs and large indoor and outdoor events.

Across the border, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the easing of Plan B Covid-19 measures in England. From 27 January, mandatory Covid passes for clubs and large events will no longer be required. Other measures such as the compulsory wearing of face coverings and working from home guidance will also be eased from Thursday.