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Briefing: Scotland’s Routemap (Phase 3)

The First Minister set out the next steps in the Scottish Government’s plan to ease lockdown restrictions in Scotland.[1]

  • Due to progress being made in suppressing the virus, she confirmed to MSPs that Scotland had met the necessary criteria to enter Phase 3.
  • The First Minister set out a range of changes that would occur from 10th July, 13th July, 15th July and 22nd
  • The First Minister confirmed that all forms of tourist accommodation would reopen from 15th July subject to following relevant guidance, and indoor hospitality can also reopen on the same day.
  • Exemptions to the 2m (6ft 6in) physical distancing rule will also be introduced from 10 July.
  • The First Minister will make a further statement – in addition to her daily media briefings – on 30th July to provide an update on the remaining changes in Phase 3. She also cautioned that Phase 3 may last longer than three weeks and that the government would not hesitate to reimpose restrictions if necessary.

10th July

  • Mandatory face coverings in shops and other retail.
  • Meeting Outdoors – a household can meet up to 4 other households at a time – up to 15 people in total. Indoors – a household can meet up to 2 other households at a time – up to 8 people in total. This includes overnight stays. A house can meet up to 4 other households per day in total.
  • The limit on the number of other households you can meet per day (indoors or outdoors) does not apply to young people who are under 18.
  • Children aged 11 or under no longer need to physically distance indoors. Young people aged 12-17 must continue to physically distance.
  • Extended Households: All non-cohabiting partners (and any children under 18 in the household) can form extended households without physical distancing

13th July

  • Non-essential shops inside shopping centres can re-open (following guidance and with physical distancing).
  • All dental practices may begin to see registered patients for non-aerosol routine care.
  • Organised outdoor contact sports, play and physical activity can resume for children and young people under 18 (subject to guidance).
  • Face-to-face youth work can resume outdoors (following relevant guidance).

15th July

  • All holiday accommodation permitted (following relevant guidance).
  • Indoor hospitality can reopen (subject to physical distancing rules and guidance).
  • Museums, galleries, monuments, libraries, various other visitor attractions, cinemas (including drive-ins and venues screening films) – with physical distancing and other measures (e.g. ticketing in advance).
  • Places of worship can re-open for congregational services, communal prayer and contemplation with physical distancing and limited numbers.
  • Hairdressers and barbers can re-open – with enhanced hygiene measures.
  • All childcare providers can open subject to individual provider arrangements.
  • Easing of restrictions on attendance at funerals, marriage ceremonies and civil partnership registrations with physical distancing (limited numbers). Associated receptions are subject to restrictions on hospitality and household meetings.

22nd July

  • Universities and colleges – Phased return to on campus learning as part of a blended model with remote teaching. Public health measures (including physical distancing) remain in place.
  • Other personal retail services such as beauticians and tailors can re-open – with enhanced hygiene measures. Motorcycle instruction and theory/hazard tests can resume. Tractor driver instruction can resume.

The First Minister will provide a statement on 30th July to update on the remaining changes for Phase 3.

Not before 31 July

  • Non-essential offices and call centres can re-open following implementation of relevant guidance (including physical distancing). Working from home and working flexibly remain the default.
  • Live events (outdoors) – with physical distancing and restricted numbers. Note: this broad category is under review to determine which types of events are safe to resume slightly earlier.
  • Bingo halls (with physical distancing).
  • Driving lessons to resume.
  • Live events (indoors) – with physical distancing and restricted numbers.
  • Other indoor live-entertainment venues (e.g. theatres, music venues).
  • Indoor gyms – (with physical distancing and enhanced hygiene measures).
  • Resumption of non-professional adult outdoor contact sports.

Useful Links:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Framework for Decision Making – Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis – Phase 3 Update

Route map physical distancing update

Coronavirus (COVID-19): shielding support and contacts

Transport Transition Plan

Latest advice on quarantine rules in Scotland 


[1] Scottish Government., Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Framework for Decision Making – Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis – Phase 3 Update (9 July 2020). Url: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-framework-decision-making-scotlands-route-map-through-out-crisis-phase-3-update/


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