Lifting of COVID-19 Legal Restrictions – what you need to know

Most people will be aware, from media announcements, that some of Scotland’s legal Covid-19 restrictions, were to end on 21 March. This was not because Covid-19 had disappeared, but because vaccines are now widely available and appear to give good protection against serious symptoms, and because new treatments are emerging. Culturally people are now more accustomed to good public health behaviours – sanitising/washing hands, taking lateral flow tests, choosing to put on a face covering in crowded enclosed environments etc. The aim is to get back to a much more ‘normal’ way of life.

However the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said, on 15th March, that there will still be a legal requirements to wear face coverings on public transport and most indoor public settings will continue until at least early April . This is due to the fact the Covid-19 infections are currently on the rise. The College’s continuing requirement is therefore that you should wear a face covering within the College, unless you are consuming food or drink, are in a single occupancy space, or you have an exemption. 1 metre physical distancing will also remain in place for the time being.

We look forward to 6th April when College safety ‘requirements’ on mask wearing and physical distancing will change to ‘advice’. This will happen if the First Minister lefts the legal requirements in society generally.

Until then you still need to wear a mask in classrooms and workrooms when moving around in those environments or when in other public areas such as corridors.

As stated above, COVD-19 continues to transmit and, for some, the effects  can still be very serious.

You can minimise the risk to yourself and others by maintaining or considering the following practices:

  • Do not come on Campus when you have symptoms of COVID.
  • Wear a face covering.
  • Get vaccinated.
  • Take regular lateral flow tests before you come on Campus (you can collect kits from any College reception).
  • Wash your hands regularly or use sanitising get which is still widely available on site.
  • Maintain a social distance of 1 metre or more.
  • Where possible, open windows for ventilation.

We realise for some members of our community, there may be anxieties surrounding mixing with others as we adapt to living with COVID-19. The College is keen to support the Scottish Government’s Distance Aware Scheme and you can find out more about it here.