In a statement to MSPs, the First Minister set out a provisional timetable for the further easing of lockdown in Scotland. Each step will be contingent on keeping the virus at bay.
- On the daily coronavirus figures, she said that the trends are “clear” and “positive”; and while the pace is slower than England, it was is right for circumstances in Scotland. This progress meant that she could provide indicative dates for sectoral reopening.
- While the tourism sector as a whole is expected to reopen on 15th July, the FM stated that “self-contained holiday accommodation” (i.e. holiday cottages) with no shared services can open on 3rd July. The 5m travel restriction will be lifted on that date too.
Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers Chief Executive, Fiona Campbell, said:
“We are delighted that self-catering can welcome guests again from 3 July, this news is fantastic and nothing short of a lifeline for our £723million sector and for the many individuals and families who rely on it to support themselves.
“Scotland’s self-caterers were among the first to close our businesses as we entered lockdown, at great personal and financial cost, and now we’re poised to be among the first to help the Scottish tourist economy stand back up on its own two feet.”
“Our association has been working closely with the Scottish Government throughout this process and we are delighted that Ministers have listened to us.
“With our stringent, robust, and comprehensive cleaning protocols in place, which are backed by the Scottish Government, we can safely and securely open our properties and go back to providing our guests with first class breaks”.
The updated Routemap sets out indicative dates for amendments to current restrictions planned for the remainder of Phase 2 and early in Phase 3, to assist businesses, individuals and organisations to prepare.
Link to Scottish Government Publication
Link to Guide to Re-opening Here