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Sturgeon accelerates the easing of Scotland's lockdown rules

Coronavirus: Travel restrictions will be lifted, households can meet indoors and hospitality sector can open open up

Mark Moran
24 June 2020
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announcing the move into Phase 2 of the Scottish Government`s routemap
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announcing the move into Phase 2 of the Scottish Government`s routemap

 

Coronavirus restrictions will be eased considerably over the coming weeks, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

The five-mile travel limit on travel in Scotland will be lifted from 3 July. People in Scotland will be allowed to meet up with two other households indoors from 10 July.

The hospitality sector will benefit from the reopening of beer gardens from 6 July, and pubs and restaurants from 15 July. Hairdressers and barbers can also open from 15 July, as can holiday accommodation.

Setting out indicative dates, the First Minister stressed that while sustained progress has been made to suppress COVID-19 and that the changes remain contingent on scientific and public health advice.

Physical distancing of 2-metres continues to be required in Scotland. The First Minister confirmed that the Scientific Advisory Group (SAGE) is providing advice on higher transmission risk settings and physical distancing and that she will provide a further update on 2 July, ahead of the proposed dates for re-opening hospitality.  

Detailed sectoral guidance will be published ahead of indicative dates and the Scottish Government will join with the retail sector in a campaign to encourage the use of face coverings in all shops.

The indicative dates announced are intended to give businesses time to prepare for reopening while adhering to public health and physical distancing measures to protect workers and customers.

Final decisions on moving into Phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s ‘routemap’ will be taken in line with the statutory three-weekly review cycle, due on 9 July.

Indicative Phase 2 dates:

  • 3 July – Travel distance limit for leisure will be lifted
  • 3 July – Self-catering holiday accommodation will be permitted, providing it requires no shared facilities between households
  • 6 July – Outdoor hospitality can commence subject to the Scientific Advisory Group review

Indicative Phase 3 dates:

  • 10 July – People can meet in extended groups outdoors, with physical distancing
  • 10 July – Households can meet indoors with up to a maximum of two households, with physical distancing
  • 13 July – Organised outdoor contact sport can resume for children and young people, subject to guidance
  • 13 July – All dental practices begin to see registered patients for non-aerosol routine care, and work will begin to return aerosol generating procedures to practice safely
  • 13 July – Increasing capacity within community optometry practices for emergency and essential eye care
  • 13 July – Non-essential shops inside shopping centres can reopen, subject to the Scientific Advisory Group review
  • 15 July – All childcare providers can open subject to individual provider arrangements
  • 15 July – All holiday accommodation will be permitted
  • 15 July – Indoor hospitality can reopen, subject to the Scientific Advisory Group review
  • 15 July – Hairdressers and barbers can reopen with enhanced hygiene measures
  • 15 July – Museums, galleries, cinemas, monuments, libraries will reopen with physical distancing and other measures, such as ticketing in advance

Announcing the routemap changes, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “The sacrifices that have been made – and I know how hard and at times painful they have been – have suppressed the virus. They have also protected the NHS, and have undoubtedly saved a significant number of lives.

“They have also brought us to the position where we can now look ahead with a bit more clarity to our path out of lockdown, and I hope details announced today will provide people and businesses with more certainty in their forward planning. But let me be clear that each step on this path depends on us continuing to beat the virus back. That is why we must do everything in our power to avoid steps being reversed.

“The central point in all of this is the virus has not – and it will not – time to come. Maintaining our progress also means all of us abiding by public health guidance. Wearing face coverings in enclosed spaces, avoiding crowded places, washing our hands and cleaning surfaces regularly, maintaining physical distancing, agreeing to immediately self-isolate and get a test if we have symptoms – all of these basic protections matter now more than ever as we all get out and about a bit more.”

Previously announced Phase 2 measures commencing Monday:

  • Indoor (non-office) workplaces resume once relevant guidance is implemented. This includes: factories, warehouses, labs and research facilities. But excludes: indoor workplaces due to open in Phase 3 (e.g. nonessential offices and call-centres)
  • Street-access retail can re-open once guidance is implemented. Interiors of shopping centres/malls remain closed for non-essential shops until Phase 3
  • Outdoor markets can re-open once guidance is implemented
  • Relaxation on restrictions on housing moves
  • Outdoor sports courts can re-open
  • Playgrounds can re-open
  • Registration offices open for high priority tasks
  • Marriages and civil partnerships allowed with minimal attendees, strictly outdoors only
  • Zoos and garden attractions can open for local access only (broadly within 5 miles) until 3 July

The updated routemap can be found by clicking here

 
 
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