The ‘Stay at Home’ rule in Scotland will be replaced by the ‘Stay Local’ message for no more than three weeks from Apr 2, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.
Addressing the Scottish Parliament on Mar 16, the First Minister stated that barbers and hairdressers will be able to reopen from Apr 5 along with click-and-collect retail services, garden centres, car dealerships and homeware stores. Contact sports for 12-17 year olds will also be able to resume.
Ms Sturgeon has also confirmed that from Apr 26, pubs will be able to stay open outdoors until 10pm but indoors only until 8pm. However, alcohol will only be served outside.
Gyms will be allowed to reopen, and outdoor socialising between six people from three households will be permitted. Travel within all of mainland Scotland will be allowed and self-catering accommodation can open their doors from this date.
The First Minister told MSPs that the vaccination programme will have reached those most at risk of dying from Covid-19, which “will give us confidence to ease restrictions much more significantly from April 26”, with the aim to move to Level 1 of restrictions by the beginning of June.
At present, four adults from two households are able to meet up in outside spaces, including public spaces and private gardens and for those aged 12-17, meetings are limited to four people but will not be limited to two households.
Primary students returned to the classroom full-time on Mar 15, with those in secondary having a mix of online and face-to-face lessons.
The First Minister has previously confirmed that outdoor non-contact sport and organised group exercise will be permitted for all adults, in groups of up to 15 people from this date and communal worship will also be able to start again from Mar 26, with 50 people initially being allowed into services.
Ms Sturgeon has said that the country is “heading in the right direction, but we cannot afford to take our foot of the brake too soon”, but went on to state that the Scottish Government “will not hesitate” to ease restrictions earlier if data supports it.
Mainland Scotland was placed into lockdown on Jan 4 to tackle the rising spread of the new coronavirus strain. The measures include a legally-enforceable stay-at-home order.
New guidance for those shielding has also been introduced. If you are shielding but cannot work from home, do not go to work – the Chief Medical Officer will write to all that this applies to which will act as a doctors note.
How many vaccinations have taken place in Scotland?
As of Mar 22, 2,182,400 people have had their first vaccine in Scotland and 225,096 have received their second dose after the rollout began on Jan 16. Nicola Sturgeon stated on Mar 9 that 40 per cent of adults in Scotland had received their first dose of the vaccine.
It comes as Scotland will have around 500,000 fewer vaccine doses in April, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.
Ms Sturgeon said this means second doses may have to be prioritised at times in April.
A delay in the delivery of five million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus jab from India is partly to blame for a forthcoming reduction in the UK’s supply.
However, the First Minister stressed the programme was continuing according to schedule, as she confirmed that all adults in Scotland should be offered a first dose of the Covid vaccine by the end of July.
The Scottish Government will now start to invite people in priority lists eight and nine, which includes those aged between 50 and 59 years old, to receive their first dose.
It follows the Government meeting its initial target of offering the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine to everyone in the top four priority groups on Feb 15.
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