Support 'falls short'

Self-isolation period cut as more funds released

Liz Cameron
Liz Cameron: funding falls short (pic: Terry Murden)

Nicola Sturgeon has cut the requirement to self-isolate from 10 days to seven in line with the rest of the UK after businesses and opposition MSPs accused the First Minister of putting an added burden on businesses and public sector services.

The First Minister announced changes to the quarantine rules and acknowledged that the current situation “continues to take its toll on businesses”.

She announced a further release of £55m of the remaining £175m of funds allocated to support businesses.

Of this, £28m will be committed to taxi drivers and private hire operators, £19m will support services such as beauticians and hairdressers, £5m will be provided to sport and £3m will go to tourism. Local authorities are working to get funds to businesses “as quickly as possible”.

Ms Sturgeon said there will be no additional measures but existing guidelines will continue for at least another week.

She said four nation talks were under way over pre-departure tests for travel and it was later announced by Downing Street that a pre-departure test for arrivals into the UK would be ditched as well as the need for a PCR test on or before day two.

They will be replaced by a cheaper lateral flow test and there will no longer be a need to quarantine before receiving a negative result. The Scottish Government was expected to align pre-departure and return testing requirements with those in England.

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