Easing of restrictions and updated Strategic Framework Protection Level table published

The Scottish Government have published an updated Strategic Framework Protection Levels table showing the route map for future easings. The First Minister has also confirmed that all parts of the country will move to Level 3 from Monday 26 April. 

This means that:

  • shops will be able to fully reopen with precautions including physical distancing requirements, face masks and hand sanitiser in place
  • gyms and indoor sports facilities, including swimming pools, will reopen for individual exercise, with group activities permitted for under-18s, and all organised outdoor activity can resume except adult contact sport
  • limits on attendance at life events, including weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and receptions for those will increase to 50, with alcohol permitted
  • pubs, cafes and restaurants will reopen outdoors for groups of up to six people from up to six households with alcohol in line with local licencing laws, and indoors for groups of up to six people from up to two households without alcohol until 20:00
  • takeaways will be able to resume normal service, with physical distancing and face masks in premises
  • mobile close contact services such as hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons can resume
  • non-essential work in other people’s homes will resume – such as painting, decorating or repairing – will be permitted, subject to mitigations
  • adults on the shielding list can return to the workplace, if they cannot work from home, while children who have been shielding can return to school
  • non-essential informal childcare will resume
  • driving lessons and tests can take place
  • non-essential travel between Scotland, England and Wales will be permitted, and tourist accommodation in Scotland can reopen subject to socialising rules 

The Scottish Government expect to move through the levels on the following dates:

  • 17 May: all of Scotland will move to Level 2
  • 7 June: all of Scotland will move to Level 1
  • June (late): all of Scotland will move to Level 0

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