Covid Capacity Cap lifted

January 18, 2022 | By More

Indoor capacity regs to go from Monday

Scotland is to remove all limits on indoor gatherings in public spaces, imposed because of the Omicron variant of Covid, from Monday 24 January 2022.

The news means that School of Rock at the Playhouse and the Eusog production of Legally Blonde – the Musical at the Church Hill Theatre, can open as planned, on Tuesday 25 January 2022.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces the easing of restrictions in Holyrood. Screengrab: Æ

The 200 limit to in-person theatre audiences – combined with one metre social distancing – has effectively closed all theatres since the regulations come into force on Boxing Day.

The announcement, made in Holyrood today Tuesday 18 January by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, means that from this Monday theatres will be able to open fully, without capacity or distance limits to their audiences.

Sturgeon told MSPs: “although significant pressures and uncertainties do remain, the data nevertheless gives us confidence that we have turned the corner on the Omicron wave.”

As a consequence, she said the cabinet had decided to implement the planned phased removal of the remaining regulations.

The limit on attendance at indoor public events and the requirement for one metre physical distancing between different groups in indoor public places will be lifted from this coming Monday, 24 January 2022.

face coverings

The baseline mitigation measures against Covid do remain, however, meaning that face coverings must still be worn in public indoor settings and on public transport.

The certification scheme for indoor and outdoor events will remain in place for events with more than one thousand attendees but will not be rolled out to other situation or venues with a lower capacity.

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