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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Constituency support – updated 1 October 2021

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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) are receiving a large number of enquiries relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19).  SPICe is still responding to enquiries through the usual enquiry process.

However, to aid MSPs in responding to their constituents, and for the use of anyone else who is interested, we are providing this blogpost.

The post contains links to trusted and official external sources of information relating to issues that constituents may be needing advice on.

Please see our COVID-19 hub for a full list of subject specific SPICe blogs 

Blog layout

The blog includes an introductory section on ‘where are we now?’, followed by sources broken down into broad subjects, each section split into ‘guidance’ and ‘funding and support’:

SPICe will also keep our other publications in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19) under review. Please sign-up to Spotlight and follow us on Twitter to keep up to date.

From Monday 9 August, Scotland has moved out of the COVID-19 levels system, and is now beyond Level 0. The legal requirements for physical distancing and limits on gatherings have been removed. However, some protective measures have remained, such as the use of face coverings indoors and the collection of contact details as part of Test and Protect. 

A vaccination certification scheme is in operation from 1 October. People attending certain late night venues and larger indoor and outdoor live events will be required to show staff proof of their Covid status or a valid exemption. Legal enforcement of the scheme will not come into effect until Monday 18 October. 

General guidance on the remaining rules is available on the Scottish Government website.

Information and Guidance

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