Lockdown restrictions eased in Scotland as beer gardens set to re-open

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Nicola Sturgeon has announced major changes to the lockdown restrictions in Scotland, the day after Boris Johnson announced a raft of measures for England.

The First Minister used her First Minister’s Questions session to announce further dates to ease the country from phase two to phase three of the lockdown exit route map.

It means beer gardens in Scotland will be allowed to re-open from Monday, July 6 , and caravans and holiday cottages can take bookings from Friday, July 3 .

Nicola Sturgeon said: “This greater clarity is possible because of the progress we have made in suppressing this virus.”

She added there will be regular scheduled reviews of the restrictions on July 9 and 30.

Ms Sturgeon also revealed the dates large swathes of Scottish businesses can re-open, including short-term holiday lets, hairdressers, museums, cinemas and shopping centres.

An update on the two metre rule will also be issued on July 2.

The new lockdown changes in Scotland:

Monday, June 29

Non-essential retail can open from Monday.

Outdoor playgroups can open from Monday.

July 3

The guidance telling people not to travel more than five miles from home will be lifted. Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford has said that this could be lifted in Wales on July 6.

Caravans/holiday cottages can open.

July 6

Beer gardens can re-open.

July 10

Households will be able to meet people from more than two households outdoors.

At that point, Ms Sturgeon also intends to announce an expansion of extended household model and changes to allow young people more opportunities to meet their friends outdoors over summer.

July 15

Tourism can fully re-open but Ms Sturgeon cautioned tourists to use “good judgement” and be sensitive to those living in rural or island communities.

Organised sports for kids and young people can resume.

People can meet indoors with two other households.

Early learning/childcare can resume – capacity to remain restricted initially.

Museums, monuments, cinemas and libraries can also re-open.

Pubs and restaurants can re-open indoors on a restricted basis.

Hairdressers and barbers can re-open but “other personal retail services” will remain closed until a later date.

Schools in Wales during coronavirus

Ms Sturgeon said before the end of July she also will give further advice to those shielding.

On Tuesday, June 23, pubs, restaurants, museums and cinemas were given the green light to re-open by Boris Johnson on July 4.

Earlier this week, it was announced in Northern Ireland that up to six people are now able to meet indoors.

When’s the next review in Wales?

In Wales, the next review is due to be held on Friday, July 10.

Speaking about the more cautious approach in Wales, Health Minister Vaughan Gething said: “We are making progress, but the point about all this is that coronavirus has not gone away.  

“It is really important that people don’t get complacent and start taking higher risk moves.

“It is because we are following the guidance that we are seeing reductions.

“I am afraid until we get a vaccine, this is far from over and the outbreaks show was does happen with coronarvirus if we do allow it back into the community or workplace.”

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