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First Minister announces changes to the rules on self-isolation

December 10, 2021 by No Comments | Category COVID-19, Guidance, Test and Protect

Today, 10 December 2021, the First Minister of Scotland announced changes to the self-isolation rules for household contacts of Covid-19 cases.

Household contacts:

  • From 11 December 2021, if you’re identified as a household contact of a positive COVID-19 case, you will be advised to self-isolate for 10 days irrespective of vaccination status, PCR test result and age.

Non-household close contacts can continue to follow existing self-isolation rules:

  • If you are a partially or non-vaccinated adult, you will be asked to self-isolate for 10 days, whether or not you have symptoms.
  • If you are a fully-vaccinated adult, provided you return a negative PCR test results and remain asymptomatic, you may end self-isolation.

Detailed guidance on self-isolation can be found here.

These changes are in response to the very significant risks posed by Omicron.  The Scottish Government has published an evidence paper which seeks to provide more detail about the Omicron variant in Scotland at this time.

The First Minister’s speech can be read in full here.

In addition to the changes to self-isolation, the First Minister re-stated the need for everyone to strengthen compliance with existing protections including:

  • Getting vaccinated – first, second, third or booster dose – is the single best thing everyone can do.
  • Regular testing, particularly if you’re socialising or mixing with other households.
  • Wearing face coverings in all indoor public spaces, keeping windows open when meeting people indoors and following all of the advice on hand hygiene and cleaning surfaces.
  • Working from home if you can.