The First Minister announced today Scotland is moving into phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s plan to ease the country out of lockdown.
Nicola Sturgeon described her statement to parliament as “the most significant milestone yet in Scotland’s emergence from lockdown”.
She said: “I hope that the measures we have announced or confirmed today are welcome.
“All of them, of course, depend on us keeping the virus under control.
“Eliminating it as far as possible now – ahead of the almost inevitable challenges we will face come winter – remains our objective.
“And we will not hesitate to reimpose restrictions if we consider it necessary to halt the spread of the virus and save lives.”
Phase three could last longer than the three-week review date, the First Minister said.
Here is a breakdown of all the key dates:
- Face coverings in shops becomes mandatory
- Households can meet up to four other households at a time – up to 15 people in total outdoors.
- Indoors – a household can meet up to two other households at a time – up to 8 people in total and this includes overnight stays. A household can meet up to 4 other households per day in total (this is in total – meetings indoors and/or outdoors)
- Children aged 11 or under no longer need to physically distance indoors. Young people aged 12-17 must continue to physically distance.
- Extended households: Non-cohabiting partners (and any children under 18 in their households) can form an extended household without physical distancing
- Non-essential shops inside shopping centres can re-open with public health measures in place.
- Organised outdoor contact sports, play and physical activity can resume for children and young people under 18 (subject to guidance).
- Pubs and restaurants can now open their indoor spaces to public, subject to physical distancing rules and guidance
- Hairdressers and barbers – with enhanced hygiene measures can reopen.
- Visitor attractions including museums, galleries, libraries and cinemas can reopen to visitors, with social distancing measures in place. People will have to buy tickets in advance.
- All holiday accommodation permitted to reopen.
- Places of worship can re-open for congregational services, communal prayer and contemplation with physical distancing and limited numbers
- There will be an easing of restrictions on attendance at funerals, marriage ceremonies, civil partnership registrations, with physical distancing (limited numbers).
- All childcare providers can open subject to individual provider arrangements.
- Other personal retail services such as beauticians and tailors – with enhanced hygiene measures can reopen.
- Universities and colleges are expected to return using a blended model of remote learning and limited on-campus learning.
- Places of worship can reopen for congregational services, communal prayer and contemplation with physical distancing and limited numbers.
- Motorcycle instruction and theory/hazard tests can resume. Tractor driver instruction can resume.
Dates are yet to be announced for the following and will be subject to further public health advice. They are unlikely to before July 31.
- Non-essential offices and call centres with social distancing in place.
- Live events (outdoors).
- Live events (indoors).
- Indoor gyms.
- Other personal retail services.
- Other indoor entertainment venues (e.g. nightclubs, bingo, theatres, music venues).