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Changes needed on self-isolation and social distancing

Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to ease Covid restrictions as planned in Tuesday’s statement.

Scottish Conservative Leader Douglas Ross has said social distancing guidance should change as planned and he called for amendments to self-isolation rules for those who have been double vaccinated.

The Scottish Conservatives have also called for changes to schools guidance on self-isolation and face masks.

Douglas Ross said rules should be changed to remove the need for face coverings in schools and children identified as close contacts should no longer need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Scottish Conservative Leader Douglas Ross said: “The success of Scotland and the UK’s vaccine scheme overall means we can now look to move forward, cautiously but confidently, and remove almost all Covid restrictions.

“The blanket requirement to self-isolate for 10 days should be amended for those who are double vaccinated, since the virus now poses far less risk to people with that level of protection. We should move to a test-first system that lets people get on with their lives safely.

“We especially want to see changes to self-isolation rules for school pupils. We also believe there is a strong case for dropping the requirement for face masks in schools. Learning has already been disrupted enough and a return to normality for children must be a top priority.

“There should be no rowing back on the planned easing of restrictions. Businesses can’t afford any more last-minute, snap decisions that hit their cash flow and potentially results in job losses. They need certainty and a more optimistic outlook, in light of the encouraging public health data.

“Social distancing rules that prevent many businesses from trading as normal should be removed. The economy must be reopened safely but we must also put a premium on protecting jobs and family finances. The SNP cannot hold businesses back from reopening.

“Scotland’s economic recovery hinges on the SNP Government moving beyond Covid restrictions. We must seize this opportunity to start rebuilding from the damage of Covid now and not delay any longer.”