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Publication - Strategy/plan

Coronavirus (COVID-19): timetable for easing restrictions

Published: 1 Apr 2021
Last updated: 4 Apr 2021 - see all updates

Sets out how and when we plan to lift the current coronavirus restrictions over the coming weeks and months.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): timetable for easing restrictions


We understand that many sectors, including business, need certainty. We also understand just how challenging the last year has been and that people want to be able to make plans for their businesses, amongst other things, worship, holidays, recreation and life events such as weddings.

The information in this document will hopefully provide what many need for future planning purposes. We are conscious of the continued impact of ongoing restrictions, particularly for the most vulnerable in our society and in relation to those premises and activities that are scheduled to open later, or will struggle to reach their full economic potential while any restrictions are in place.

We will continue to engage with and listen to those impacted by ongoing restrictions and will provide as much support as possible within the limits of our resources and fiscal powers. While we will probably have to learn to live with coronavirus in the longer term, we can now see a clearer way to eliminating it as a serious threat to public health in Scotland.

For now, the virus still presents a serious danger to life and health. So, please stick with it – the more we abide by the rules and look after each other and the more of us who are vaccinated, the more we can open up the economy and society, suppressing the virus to very low levels while returning as much normality as possible.



First published: 1 Apr 2021 Last updated: 4 Apr 2021 -