Lockdown Restrictions Ease on April 26th: What exactly is allowed?

What is currently permitted?

From April 16th onwards:

  • Travel outwith local council areas is now permitted for recreation, excercise and socialising.

  • People must continute to 'Stay Local' for other purposes such as non-essential shopping.

  • Public Transport will continue to be limited.

  • Outdoor meetings in groups of up to six adults from up to six households is permitted, with under-12s not counting towards this limit.

  • Socialising in homes is still not permitted.

What will change from April 26th?

The whole of Scotland will be placed into 'Level 3', which entails the following:

  • non-essential travel between Scotland, England and Wales will be permitted, and tourist accommodation in Scotland can reopen subject to socialising rules

  • 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

What else do I need to know?

The Scottish Government says the following:

Further reviews will take place to consider the rest of the Common Travel Area (CTA), including for Northern Ireland ahead of 26 April which will take into account the outcome of the review of restrictions there later this week. Temporary travel restrictions may still be necessary beyond 26 April to and from targeted places with high rates of COVID-19, either in Scotland or in other parts of the CTA, to protect against importation of the virus.

You can find more detailed information on the current restrictions as well as what exactly each restriction level entails here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/

You can read the government's planned timetable for easing restrictions here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/pages/timetable/

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