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Nicola Sturgeon to axe rules forcing bubbles of pupils to isolate when one kid gets Covid

NICOLA Sturgeon is set to axe rules forcing bubbles of pupils and holiday club kids to isolate when someone else gets Covid.

Sources said the First Minister will announce the end of the ten-day quarantine policy when she confirms next week’s planned easing of virus curbs tomorrow.

Current rules forcing bubbles of pupils to isolate when another kid gets Covid are set to be axed

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Current rules forcing bubbles of pupils to isolate when another kid gets Covid are set to be axedCredit: Getty
Nicola Sturgeon is set to confirm the changes tomorrow during a huge virus briefing

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Nicola Sturgeon is set to confirm the changes tomorrow during a huge virus briefingCredit: PA

It’s claimed officials are also debating whether to keep one-metre social distancing.

An ins­ider said: “The balance of harm has shifted.

"The question has always been whether the harm done by isolating children can be justified by the benefits.

“It’s hard to justify a third year of major disruption to schooling given so many people are double-jabbed.”

'TARGETED APPROACH'

The Scottish Sun understands a “target­ed approach” will now be used, ending the need for youngsters to stay home even if they test negative.

During her briefing tomorrow, Ms Sturgeon will also reveal if high school pupils still have to wear masks when they return to classes this month.

And she is expected to outline if fully vaccinated adults can avoid quarantine if they return a negative test.

Limits on numbers of people gathering and all physical distancing regulations were due to be lifted next Monday.

But earlier today, it emerged the 1m rule between households in all indoor public settings could remain in certain circumstances.

Scots Tory leader Douglas Ross backed ending isolation rules for kids and double-jabbed adults.

He said: “There should be no rowing back on the planned easing of restrictions.

“There is a strong case for dropping the requirement for face masks in schools. A return to normality for children must be a top priority.”

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