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Statement from the First Minister on Easing Lockdown Restrictions: 18th June

Easing Lockdown Restrictions: 18th June

Main Points

  • The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that Scotland was able to move into Phase 2 of its plan to exit from lockdown.
  • The First Minister said that the Scottish Government would take a staged approach to easing restrictions, “to avoid bearing all of the risk at the same time”, and believed that they had set out a reasonable order of priorities, but that there was “no perfect route out of lockdown.”
  • The changes in Phase 2 take place on the following dates: 19 June, 22 June and 29 June.
  • The First Minister stated that the two metre physical distancing limit remained but added that she has asked her advisers to consider whether that could be reduced to one or 1.5m in some circumstances.

Phase 2 – Key Changes

From 19 June: 

  • People who are shielding are able to leave their home for exercise and to meet with 1 other household outdoors (max 8 people in total) with physical distancing from 18 June. They are also able to take part in non-contact outdoor activities such as golf, hiking, fishing
  • People who are not shielding can now meet with more households outside. Limit increased from meeting 1 household to meeting 2 households; 8 person overall limit and need for physical distancing remains
  • They can also use toilets indoors while visiting the outdoors of another household (Hygiene measures are essential) 
  • Certain household types can now meet others indoors in an ‘extended household’
  • People should continue to stay in their local area as much as possible and should not travel more than broadly five miles for leisure or recreation.

Nicola Sturgeon: “During phase 2, we will continue to ask people, as far as possible, to stay within or close to their local area. Our ambition is to be in a position to lift this limit in phase 3 and in time for the proposed resumption of tourism from 15 July.

From Monday 22nd June:

  • Accommodation can be provided for those required to stay away from home for work purposes
  • Face coverings are mandatory on public transport
  • Public transport services will increase over the phase, including increased ferry services and capacity. (All phase changes apply to islands.) Public transport capacity will remain constrained due to physical distancing requirements – and active travel remains the preferred mode of travel
  • Places of worship can re-open for individual prayer and contemplation 
  • Professional sport can resume – with public health restrictions remaining in place 
  • Dental practices can re-open to see patients with urgent care needs
  • Construction sector can implement remaining phases of sectoral plan 
  • College and university staff can return to make essential preparations for restart in Phase 3.

From 29 June:

  • Indoor (non-office) workplaces resume once relevant guidance is implemented – Includes: factories, warehouses, labs and research facilities – Excludes: indoor workplaces due to open in Phase 3 (e.g. non-essential offices and callcentres)
  • Street-access retail can re-open once guidance is implemented. Interiors of shopping malls/ centres remain closed for non-essential shops until Phase 3
  • Outdoor markets can re-open once guidance implemented
  • Relaxation on restrictions on housing moves 
  • Outdoor sports courts can re-open
  • Playgrounds can re-open
  • Registration offices open for high priority tasks
  • Marriages and civil partnerships allowed with minimal attendees – outdoors only 
  • Zoos and garden attractions can open but should remain limited to local access only (broadly within 5 miles) in this phase

Next Steps

  • Thursday 2 July review point 

The Scottish Government will conduct a review on 2 July based on scientific advice on potentially higher transmission risk activities and settings including re-opening outdoor hospitality spaces safely (e.g. beer gardens, on-street seating). Consideration will be given to necessary precautions, advice and wider risk mitigations.

  • Next review date: 9 July 2020. 

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