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Scotland Tier 4 Restrictions Coming to An End

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On 8 December the Scottish First Minister announced some changes to local protection areas. These changes will come into effect at the end of this week.

The 11 council areas currently in level 4 will move into level 3
From 6pm on Friday 11 December, the 11 council areas currently in level 4 will move into level 3. These are: City of Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Lothian.

Close contact retail services moving into level 3 can reopen on the morning of 11 December
The First Minister announced that retail can reopen from 6am on Friday 11 December instead of 6pm to manage business flow.

As close contact complementary therapies (i.e. 'hands-on' therapies where social distancing is not possible) are deemed to fall into the category of close contact retail services for the purpose of COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland, it means that CNHC Registrants providing close contact services can resume work from Friday morning. This includes home treatment rooms. However, mobile working is not permitted in level 3.

Travel restrictions remain in place in level 3
The restrictions are as follows:

  • Non-essential travel into or from another level 3 area is prohibited by law.

  • Non-essential travel into a level 3 area from a lower protection level area or from a level 3 area into a lower protection level area is prohibited by law.

Registrants travelling to work: Travel for work is considered essential. Therefore Registrants can travel into another council area for work purposes, except for mobile treatments.

Clients travelling to appointments: Registrants are urged to carefully consider if a client travelling into a level 3 area from a lower tier or across a level 3 council border is essential.

Three council areas currently in level 3 will move into level 2 at 6pm on 11 December
These are:

  • Inverclyde

  • Falkirk

  • Angus.

The situation in theses areas in relation to close contact working remains the same. You can provide close contact services from your premises, including a home treatment room. However mobile working is not permitted.

Two council areas in level 2 will move into level 1 at 6pm on 11 December
These are:

  • The Borders

  • Dumfries and Galloway.

This means that mobile services can resume in these areas as they are now in level 1, provided that the therapist lives in a level 0 or level 1 area.

Guidance on mobile working can be found here.

N.B. Services offered in the ‘high risk zone’
For levels 0 to 3 the Scottish Government's guidance states:
"The ‘high risk zone’ is defined as ‘the area in front of the face where splashes and droplets from the nose and mouth may be present, which can pose a hazard’. If treatments in the high risk zone cannot be carried out without the ability to be provided from the side of the face or behind the head and therefore require prolonged periods in the highest risk zone then they should not be offered."

Find out more about the changes to local restriction levels
More information on the changes to the local protection levels can be found here.

Guidance issued by the Scottish Government for close contact retail services can be found here.

Protection levels may change and we advise that you check the Scottish Government website on a regular basis to keep up to date. It is CNHC Registrants' responsibility to make sure they are aware of, and comply with, the local restrictions that apply to them.

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