Restrictions on Crowds

Further restrictions in the UK are back from Boxing Day. As the other nations come to terms with what that means for them, here in Scotland, our rules will be changing back to some familiar territory as Omicron cases and hospitalisations surge.

From 26 December in Scotland, for up to three weeks, there will be a limit on the size of live public events in Scotland.

This will mean sports such as football matches will have to take place without spectators and large-scale Hogmanay celebrations will be cancelled.

The limits to size are:

  • 100 people at indoor standing events
  • 200 people at indoor seating events
  • 500 people at outdoor events (seated or standing)

This does not apply to private life events such as weddings. Further details to follow.

People in Scotland have already been asked to stay at home as much as possible and to limit gatherings to groups of no more than three households.

However, there are no plans to cancel Christmas and the FM’s statement says that it remains the Scottish government’s priority to “open schools as normal” after the holidays

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