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  • Scottish Government - Reduction in self-isolation

    Created: 14/12/2020

    Anyone required to self-isolate, due to contact with someone who has had a positive test for coronavirus (COVID-19), or as a result of quarantine rules on arrival from overseas will need to do so for 10 days following updated clinical advice.

    Previously, the self-isolation period for international travellers and for contacts of positive cases in Scotland was 14 days, but this has now changed to 10 days from Monday 14 December 2020 (following a review of the latest evidence and discussions between the 4 UK Chief Medical Officers).

    The change applies as follows:

    • Someone who, from 14 December, has been contacted through Test and Protect – including by the scot app – or their Local Health Board and have been notified to self-isolate, should do so for 10 days.
    • Someone who, from 14 December, is required to quarantine following arrival into Scotland from overseas, should self-isolate for a period of 10 days.
    • Someone who was previously instructed to self-isolate will, from 14 December, be able to stop self-isolating ten days from when they were first notified to do so.
    • Close contacts include members of the same household who test positive for COVID-19 – from 14 December, they will now only need to isolate for 10 days, rather than 14.




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