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  • FM confirms end to face mask law on 18 April

    Created: 30/03/2022, Updated: 31/03/2022

    First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, confirms Scotland's last remaining Covid regulations - over the wearing of face coverings - will be lifted but not until 18 April.

    From 04 April, it will no longer be a legal requirement to wear a face-covering in places of worship or while attending a marriage ceremony, a civil partnership registration, or a funeral.

    Then the wider legal requirement applying to shops, certain other indoor settings and public transport will be converted to guidance two weeks later on 18 April.

    It was confirmed earlier this month that people without COVID-19 symptoms will no longer be asked to take regular lateral flow tests from 18 April. The change forms part of the Test and Protect Transition Plan, which sets out how testing will become more targeted, with the aim of reducing serious harm from COVID-19.

    The changes to Test and Protect mean that from 18 April:

    • most people without symptoms will no longer be asked to take COVID-19 tests
    • free lateral flow devices (LFDs) for the purposes of twice weekly routine testing will no longer be available for the general population given the changing advice, but will continue to be free for any purpose for which testing continues to be advised – for clinical care, for health and social care workers and for people visiting vulnerable individuals in care homes or hospitals
    • until the end of April, people with symptoms should still isolate and get a PCR test
    • vaccinated close contacts of someone with COVID-19 should continue to test daily for seven days with LFDs

    People who have symptoms of COVID-19 will still be able to book PCR tests in the usual way until 30 April. From that date, test sites will close and people with symptoms will no longer be advised that they need to seek a test. The public health advice for people who feel unwell will be to stay at home until they feel better, to reduce the risk of infecting other people.

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