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Coronavirus (COVID-19): timetable for easing restrictions

Published: 1 Apr 2021
Last updated: 15 Apr 2021 - see all updates

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

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): timetable for easing restrictions
Timetable

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Timetable for planned phasing

2 April

  • stay at home measures become stay local - travel within local authority for a non-essential purpose allowed

5 April

We will continue to monitor closely this encouraging data. Assuming that all goes well, our next significant milestone for easing restrictions will be 5 April, when we plan to ease a wider range of current restrictions in level 4 areas (some of these activities/settings are already permitted/open in Level 3 island communities) including:

  • more retailers and click and collect allowed to open
  • more university and college students to return to in-person teaching
  • hairdressers and barbers can re-open (appointment only)
  • outdoor contact sports for 12-17 years olds allowed

12/20 April, depending on term times

  • all pupils back at school full-time

16 April

  • up to 6 people from up to 6 households, plus children under 12, can socialise outdoors
  • removal of travel distance limit within Scotland for outdoor, small group recreation, socialising or exercise (but do not stay away from your local authority area overnight for that purpose)

26 April

Subject to supply, by mid-April, we plan to have offered the vaccine to priority vaccine groups 1-9, based on the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation advice for protecting the most vulnerable in our population. Assuming the data allows it, we expect a more significant reopening of the economy and society from 26 April. This will likely include the following easings (some of these activities/settings are already permitted/open in Level 3 island communities).

  • up to 6 people from 2 households can socialise indoors in a public place such as a café or restaurant
  • unrestricted travel within Scotland, England and Wales (subject to other local restrictions in place)
  • all shops, stores and close contact services can open
  • hospitality venues like cafes, pubs and restaurants can open until:
    • 20:00 indoors (no alcohol)
    • local licensing laws apply outdoors (alcohol permitted)
  • non-essential childcare permitted
  • non-essential in-house work permitted
  • tourist accommodation to reopen (self-catering accommodation to be restricted in line with rules on indoor gathering)
  • driving lessons and tests can take place
  • funerals and weddings including post-funeral events and receptions can take place with up to 50 people (alcohol permitted)
  • gyms and swimming pools can reopen for individual exercise
  • indoor attractions and public buildings such as galleries, museums and libraries can open
  • takeaway food can be collected indoors

17 May

Three weeks on from the publication of the last update, and given the progress with the vaccination programme and what we have learned about its impact on reducing transmission of the virus, we are now in a position to add a new indicative date for further easing of restrictions. From 17 May we hope to introduce the following easings:

  • Up to 4 people from 2 household can socialise indoors in a private home and up to 6 people from up to 3 households may socialise in an indoors public space
  • Up to 8 people from up to 8 households may socialise outdoors
  • hospitality venues can open until:
    • 22:30 indoors (alcohol permitted, 2 hour slots)
    • outdoors - local licensing laws apply 
  • all organised sport and exercise activity permitted except adult indoor contact sports
  • cinemas, theatres, concert halls, music venues, comedy clubs, amusement arcades, and bingo halls can open, subject to capacity constraints
  • outdoor and indoor events can resume. Maximum capacities - indoors (100), outdoors seated (500) and outdoors free-standing (250) subject to physical distancing capacity requirements
  • universities and colleges can return to a more blended model of learning
  • adult organised non-professional performance arts can resume outdoors

June

We know that the coronavirus is unpredictable and is adept at mutating in order to survive. It is also vital that we allow enough time between different sets of easings to assess what effect they have had on the R number and other virus indicators. For that reason, it is too early now to give specific dates beyond May. However, we understand the need for people and businesses to plan and so, to give a broad sense of likely timings, from the start of June, we would aim for Scotland to move back to Level 1. This will allow further relaxation across all areas of the economy and society, while still applying physical distancing and other non-pharmaceutical interventions and the FACTS guidance. From the end of June, we hope that we will be able to move to Level 0.

We must also be prepared to pause if the data shows that the virus is spreading again. We will act decisively to reapply higher levels of restrictions to manage localised outbreaks should the need arise. This could be on a local or regional basis, depending on the nature of the outbreak. However, we will not leave any restrictions in place for any longer than they are necessary to meet our responsibility to safeguard the people of Scotland.

Early June

  • up to 8 people from up to 3 households can socialise indoors in a public place and up to 6 people from up to 3 households in a private dwelling
  • up to 12 people from 12 households can socialise outdoors
  • hospitality can remain open (indoors) until 23:00 and local licensing laws outdoors
  • attendance at events can increase with maximum capacities of indoors (200), outdoors seated (1000) and outdoor free-standing (500) subject to physical distancing capacity requirements
  • increased numbers at life events (100)
  • funfairs and soft play can open, subject to capacity constraints

From end of June

  • up to 10 people from up to 4 households can socialise indoors in a public place and up to 8 people from up to 4 households in a private dwelling
  • up to 15 people from up to 15 households can socialise outdoors
  • a phased and limited return of some office staff
  • events increase numbers – indoors (400), outdoors seated (2000) and outdoors free-standing (1000) subject to physical distancing capacity requirements
  • increased numbers at life events (200)
  • all sport activities permitted

Contact

Email: Covid19OutbreakManagement@gov.scot

First published: 1 Apr 2021 Last updated: 15 Apr 2021 -