supporting, developing and representing community groups,
voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering
  • Timetable for easing lockdown restrictions

    Created: 17/03/2021

    The Scottish Government has set out a timetable for the re-opening of parts of society over the next two months.

    Stay at Home regulations will be lifted on 02 April and replaced with guidance to Stay Local, with more services including hairdressers, garden centres and non-essential click and collect services able to open from 5 April.

    More college students will also return to on-campus learning and outdoor contact sports will resume for 12-17 year olds on 5 April if progress on vaccination and suppression of COVID-19 continues.

    The Scottish Government then hopes to lift all restrictions on journeys in mainland Scotland on 26 April. Discussions will be held with island communities already in lower levels on the possibility of having a faster return to more socialising and hospitality with restrictions on mainland travel to protect against importation of the virus.

    Further expected easing on 26 April includes:

    • all retail premises, libraries, museums and galleries, tourist accommodation would be able to open
    • the hospitality sector would be able to reopen outdoors for the service of alcohol, and potentially open indoors for non-alcohol service
    • up to four people from two households could be able to socialise indoors in a public place such as a café or restaurant
    • six people from up to three households could be able to meet outdoors and the limit on wedding and funeral attendance could be raised to 50 people
    • gyms and swimming pools would be open for individual exercise and non-essential childcare would be permitted
    • non-essential work in peoples’ homes and driving lessons could resume from this date

    On 17 May, it is hoped that groups of four people from two households would be able to socialise indoors in a private home, and that cinemas, amusement arcades and small scale outdoor and indoor events could restart with limits on capacity. Further easing on this date would include outdoor contact sport for adults and indoor group exercise

    The First Minister also indicated that in early June it is hoped that Scotland could move to Level 1 and by end of June to level 0.




    What now?
    See other news/events in the General News category
    Go to the main News page
    Tell us about your own news

Suggest an update/report an error/enquire about this page

News/Events Categories:

FVA news (197 items)
Job Vacancies (2,034 items)
Social Enterprise (61 items)
Funding and Finance (1,152 items)
Training and Learning (1,560 items)
Community Events (2,492 items)
Goods Donations and Services (57 items)
General News (1,999 items)
Volunteering (392 items)
Partnerships Networks and Forums (135 items)


Go to the main News page

Share your news/events

It's free! Tell us about your event, news, training, vacancy etc. by completing a short form and we'll add it to our e-bulletins and website - accessed by thousands of people every month.