Physical distancing review expected ‘shortly’

THE Scottish Government has said that it will publish the results of its review of physical distancing guidelines “shortly”.

On 11th May first minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that the Scottish Government’s physical distancing guidelines were to be reviewed in the following weeks.

Responding to a query from SLTN, a Scottish Government spokesman said: “The Scottish Government is currently reviewing physical distancing, and an announcement on the outcome of this review is due shortly.

“Any further decision on physical distancing will be taken following the review’s publication.”

From last month, people meeting in each other’s homes were no longer required to observe physical distancing. However, the rules remained in place for hospitality premises – a default two metre distance between households, dropping to one metre if certain mitigations have been adopted within the venue.

The ongoing requirement to incorporate physical distancing in venues has severely restricted capacity in licensed trade outlets across Scotland.

The first minister will review the coronavirus protection levels across Scotland on 21st June, with any changes taking effect from 28th June.