Virus is controlled but risk of spreading remains. Focus is on containing outbreaks.
R is consistently below 1 and the number of infectious cases is showing a sustained decline.
WHO six criteria for easing restrictions must be met
Any signs of resurgence are closely monitored as part of enhanced community surveillance.
Protections advised in each phase
Physical distancing requirements in place
Frequent handwashing and hygiene measures for all
Cough etiquette is maintained.
Face coverings in enclosed public spaces, including public transport
As with previous phase but with the following changes:
Seeing family and friends
Able to meet with larger groups including family and friends outside with physical distancing
Meeting people from another household indoors with physical distancing and hygiene measures.
Consistent with the reopening of workplaces set out in this phase, where home working is not possible businesses and organisations are encouraged to manage travel demand through staggered start times and flexible working patterns.
People are permitted to drive locally for leisure purposes.
Public transport operating increased services but capacity still significantly limited to allow for physical distancing. Travel at peak times discouraged as far as possible.
May be geographical differences depending on circumstances.
Schools, childcare and other educational settings
On campus university lab research restarted subject to physical distancing
Working or running a business
Remote working remains the default position for those who can
Non-essential indoor non-office based workplaces resume once relevant guidance agreed – including factories & warehouses, lab & research facilities – to re-open with physical distancing
Construction sector to implement remaining stages of phased return
Relaxation of restrictions on housing moves
Shopping, eating and drinking out
Previously closed small retail units can reopen with physical distancing
Outdoor markets with physical distancing, hygiene measures and controls on numbers of people within market
Pubs and restaurants can open outdoor spaces with physical distancing and increased hygiene routines
Sport, culture and leisure activities
Reopening of playgrounds and sports courts
Resumption of professional sport in line with public health advice
Community and public services
Further scaling up of public services from Phase 1 where it is safe to do so
Gatherings and occasions
Registration offices open for high priority tasks
Places of worship open for private prayer under physical distancing rules and hygiene safeguards
Allow marriages and civil partnerships and other types of ceremonies to take place with minimal number of attendees
Health and Social Care
Remobilisation plans implemented by Health Boards and Integrated Joint Boards to increase provision for pent up demand, urgent referrals and triage of routine services
Reintroduce some chronic disease management which could include pain services, diabetic services
All dental practices open to see patients with urgent care needs. Urgent care centres provide urgent aerosol generating procedures.
Prioritised referrals to secondary care begin.
Increase number of home visits to shielded patients
Continue to plan with COSLA and Scottish Care and other partners to support and, where needed, review of social care and care home services
Phased resumption of some screening services
Expand range of GP services
Phased safe resumption of essential optometry/ophthalmology services
Phased resumption of visiting to care homes by family members in a managed way where it is clinically safe to do so
Notes: Above examples are illustrations, and are not intended to be comprehensive. Each phase description should be viewed as a general description rather than precise definitions of permitted activities.
All decisions on phasing will be kept under review as the research evidence base on the impact of the virus and the effectiveness of different interventions builds.