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  • Further relaxation of restrictions across Scotland.

    Created: 21/04/2021

    The Scottish Government has announced details of the further relaxation of restrictions across Scotland.

    From Monday 26 April, hospitality venues such as cafés, pubs and restaurants can reopen, along with tourist accommodation. Non-essential retail outlets and close contact services such as beauty salons can also reopen, in addition to indoor attractions and public buildings such as galleries, museums and libraries.

    The Government confirmed that all parts of the country will move to Level 3 from Monday 26 April. The remaining travel restrictions within Scotland will be lifted and travel within the UK will be permitted for any purpose. If everyone continues to follow the rules, the Government said it is expected that all of Scotland will move to Level 2 on Monday 17 May.

    Further changes from 26 April include:

    • adults on the shielding list can return to the workplace, if they cannot work from home, while children who have been shielding can return to school;
    • non-essential work inside people’s homes – such as painting, decorating or repairing – will be permitted, subject to mitigations
    • non-essential informal childcare will resume;
    • driving lessons and tests can take place, while gyms and swimming pools can reopen for individual exercise;
    • the attendance limit for funerals and weddings – and related events such as receptions – will increase to 50;
    • cafés, pubs and restaurants can resume full outdoor service, subject to local licensing, and serve food indoors without alcohol until 8pm; and
    • takeaways to resume normal service, with physical distancing and face masks in premises

    The First Minister also announced that rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) tests will be made available to anyone in Scotland and to those planning travel to the islands.

    From 20 April 2021, anyone planning travel to the islands next week can order a free home test kit online. The first test should be taken three days before travel and the second on the day of departure.

    From 26 April 2021, lateral flow home test kits will be available to anyone in the wider population who does not have COVID-19 symptoms. They can be picked up from local walk/drive-through test sites for people to test themselves twice-weekly. Anyone in Scotland who develops COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate and book a PCR test.

    The expansion is aimed at finding cases that would otherwise go undetected, so those people can self-isolate and avoid transmitting the virus to those around them.




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