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Eight announcements Nicola Sturgeon made during her Covid update earlier today

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Nicola Sturgeon announced changes to the current Covid restrictions during an address to the Scottish Parliament earlier today.

Measures on large outdoor gatherings were scrapped, while restrictions on hospitality were extended for a further short period of time at least.

We were also given an update on the progress of the vaccination programme and the latest situation at Scotland’s hospitals. The First Minister said that there are signs of ‘encouragement’ amid the ongoing Omicron wave - but warned Scots to remain cautious.Here are eight things we learned from Nicola Sturgeon’s speech at Holyrood earlier today.Restrictions on large events taking place outdoors will be scrapped from Monday, January 17.This change to the rules means that Scots will be allowed to watch their favourite football team in large numbers once again, while paving the way for capacity crowds at Scotland’s 6 Nations fixtures in Edinburgh next month.Scots will still be required to show their vaccination status, or evidence of a negative lateral flow test, before entering these events.The vaccine passport scheme will now include booster doses, which means that to be ‘fully vaccinated’ you must have received all three jags.NHS Scotland’s Covid Status app will be updated in the coming days to include booster dosesOrganisers at events with an attendance of more than 1,000 people are required to check the vaccination status of at least 50 per cent of people.Did you know you can keep up to date with the latest news by signing up to our daily newsletter?We send a morning and lunchtime newsletter covering the latest headlines every day.We also send coronavirus updates at 5pm on weekdays, and a round up of the week's must-read stories on Sunday afternoons.S

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