Coronavirus in Scotland: Which lockdown rules will change next – and when?

  • More rules are being relaxed as Scotland enters phase three of the route map for easing the lockdown.
    You can now meet people from other households indoors, and face coverings are compulsory in shops. Pubs, restaurants, holiday accommodation, hairdressers and barbers are expected to reopen from next Wednesday.
    So what is due to happen next – and when?
    From Friday 10 July, up to eight people from a maximum of three different households can now meet indoors – and can stay overnight as long as there is physical distancing between different households.
  • People should stay two metres from people in other households, clean surfaces after touching them, and wash their hands regularly. Up to 15 people from five different households can meet outdoors, while also following the 2m distancing rules. Adults are being advised not to meet people from any more than four different households in one day.
    People who are part of a non-cohabiting couple no longer need to stay physically distant from each other, indoors or outdoors.
    Children aged under 12 no longer have to physically distance from other people indoors.
  • While the government is still advising people to follow the two-metre physical distancing rules, some exemptions will allow it to be reduced to one metre in shops and on public transport.
  • The wearing of face coverings – which was already compulsory on buses, trains, trams, planes and taxis – is mandatory in shops from Friday.
    In addition, people who are shielding no longer have to distance themselves from others living in the same house.
  • What changes on Monday 13 July?
  • Non-essential shops inside shopping centres will be able to reopen on Monday.
  • Children and young people will also be allowed to play organised outdoor contact sports from the same date.
  • Dentists will be able to offer some routine treatments, such as examinations, hand scaling and extractions, but will not be able to carry out aerosol procedures – those which produce a fine mist, like the use of a high speed drill. That will rule out most fillings, crown preparations and treatments involving a water spray.
  • Optometrists can also begin to expand their services.

What changes on Wednesday 15 July

  • Hairdressers and barbers will be able to reopen – with enhanced hygiene measures.
    Indoor pubs, cafes and restaurants can also reopen. They can seek an exemption from the 2m distancing rule, but will have to warn customers that they are entering a 1m zone, produce revised seating plans, and improve ventilation.
  • Guidance on physical distancing will have to be followed, and customers will have to provide their contact details.
  • All holiday accommodation can reopen, as can museums, galleries, cinemas, monuments and libraries.
  • Places of worship have reopened for individual prayer
  • Places of worship will be allowed to reopen for communal prayer and services, although numbers will be limited, singing and chanting will be restricted, and those attending will need to give their contact details.
  • Restrictions on attendance at services and ceremonies for funerals, weddings and civil partnerships will be eased.
  • From Wednesday 22 July, beauticians and nail salons will be able to reopen with enhanced hygiene measures.
  • Universities and colleges will be able to introduce a phased return to on-campus learning, as part of a blended model with remote teaching, from the same date.
  • A number of other activities remain under review and are unlikely to resume before 31 July.
  • These include indoor entertainment such as nightclubs, bingo, theatres, and music venues; the return of live outdoor events; indoor gyms; and the reopening of non-essential offices and call centres.
  • Schools have already been told to prepare for pupils to resume full-time study from 11 August.
  • First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was expected that phase three might last longer than three weeks.

What had already changed?

  • Restrictions on travel for leisure and recreation were relaxed on 3 July.
  • Since the start of phase two on 19 June, people from up to three households have been able to meet outdoors in groups of up to eight people.
  • Those who are shielding are now able to go outdoors for exercise, including non-contact activities such as golf, and meet people from one other household.
  • People who live on their own, or only with children under 18, can form one extended household group.
  • Dentists can see patients with urgent care needs and places of worship have reopened – but only for individual prayer, not communal worship.
  • Stores of all sizes are now able to reopen – but only if they have outdoor entrances and exits. Outdoor markets can also open, as can outdoor sports courts and playgrounds, zoos and garden attractions.
  • While non-essential offices and call centres must remain closed, factories, laboratories and warehouses can reopen – subject to strict physical distancing, hygiene and health and safety guidance.
  • Children under the age of 12 no longer have to follow distancing rules when meeting other children or adults outdoors.
  • Those aged 12 to 17 still need to obey distancing rules, but there is no longer a limit on the number of different groups they can meet during a day.
  • People living in care homes can have visits from one named “key visitor” if their home has been virus-free for 28 days. However, they will have to remain outdoors, keep 2m apart, and must wear a face covering.
  • Professional sport has been allowed to resume, but only behind closed doors.
  • Social distancing guidance also changed in England, from two metres to ”one metre plus”.
  • This means that where it is not possible to stay 2m apart, people should keep a distance of at least 1m while observing precautions to reduce the risk of transmission.