7 October: COVID-19 Update


National Updates

Following an increase in cases in COVID-19 cases across Scotland, the following changes to coronavirus restriction were announced by the First Minister in the Scottish Parliament on 7th October.

Across Scotland

These measures will be in place for 16 days, from Friday 9th October to Monday 26th October.

  • Pubs, bars restaurants and cafes will be able to operate indoors during the day, from 6am to 6pm, for the service of food and non-alcoholic drinks only.
  • Hotel restaurants will be able to operate beyond 6pm, but only for residents and without alcohol
  • Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes can continue to serve alcohol outdoors up to the existing curfew time of 10pm
  • Current regulations and limits on meeting a maximum of 6 people from 2 households will still apply
  • There will be exemption to these rules for celebrations associated with specific life events such as weddings that are already booked and funerals
  • From this weekend shops are being asked to return to 2 metre physical distancing and reintroduce the mitigations they put in place earlier in the pandemic - for example, one way systems
  • Shops are asked to return to 2 metre physical distancing and reintroduce the mitigations they put in place earlier in the pandemic - for example, one way systems.
  • People are advised not to travel to the Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Lothian and Forth Valley health board areas.

Central Belt

These measures will be in place for 16 days, from Friday 9th October to Monday 26th October.

In Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Lothian and Forth Valley health board areas:

  • All licenses premises, with the exception of hotels for residents, will be required to close indoors and outdoors. Takeaways will be permitted
  • Cafés which don’t have an alcohol license will be able to stay open until 6pm
  • Snooker and pool halls, indoor bowling alleys, casinos and bingo halls will close from 10 October
  • Contact sports for people aged 18 and over will be suspended
  • Indoor group exercise will not be allowed, although current rules remain in place for under 18s. Gyms can remain open for individual exercise
  • Outdoor live events will not be permitted
  • People should avoid public transport unless absolutely necessary
  • People are advised not to travel outside the health board area they live in

More information is available here: https://www.gov.scot/news/new-moves-to-stop-covid-19-spread/    

 

2020/21 Exam Diet

On 7th October, the Education Secretary announced plans for next year’s exams.  

More information is available here: https://www.gov.scot/news/sqa-awards-2021/

 

National 5s

Final exams will not be taken. Instead, teacher estimates will be submitted supported by “assessment resources and quality assurance”.

The Deputy First Minister said: “This will include, where possible, specifying between 2 and 4 pieces of work per subject that will form the basis of arriving at a final award.”

The SQA has published guidance on evidence gathering and estimation.

After the October break, further subject specific guidance will also be published on key work items.  

 

Highers and Advanced Highers

The Scottish Government has decided that Higher and Advanced Higher exams should be able to proceed.

Exams will take place later in the year, from the week beginning 13th of May. Results will be published as normal, on the 10th of August.

Contingency plans will be developed in case exams cannot proceed, and teacher judgement has to be resorted to. These will be developed and reflected on at key check points up to the February break


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