Guidance focused on stemming the flow of transmission, keeping businesses and services open, and protecting health services.
With concerns regarding cases of COVID-19 and evidence that the highly transmissible Omicron strain can infect those who have been vaccinated or previously infected, we're highlighting important things people can do to stay safe and protect against pressure on health services.
New national guidance has been introduced to stem the flow of transmission, keep businesses and services open.
The key changes are:
- limit the number of contacts you have and gather in small groups of no more than three households - it would be sensible to postpone work Christmas parties
- avoid crowded places – shop at quieter times where possible and follow the enhanced precautions in shops and hospitality venues, which may include controlled entrances and exits to limit customer numbers, and signs and floor markings to help people keep a safe distance from others
- work from home if you can
- you will need proof of a negative LFD test to visit someone in hospital or a care home or to accompany someone to medical appointments
To help protect yourself and others this winter people should also:
- get the vaccine or the vaccine booster
- if you have symptoms - self isolate and book a PCR test
- if you don’t have symptoms take regular lateral flow tests – especially before mixing with other people
- wear a face covering where required and in crowded places, including crowded outdoor events such as Christmas markets and festive celebrations
- wash your hands regularly, and cover your nose and mouth if coughing or sneezing
- open windows when meeting indoors
- keep your distance from people from other households
- use the apps: COVID status ('vaccine passport'), Protect Scotland and Check-in Scotland
You can find more information about this on the Scottish Government website.
Find out more about how to get tested in East Lothian.