Scotland to ease Covid restrictions, all retail to reopen 26 April
The Scottish government has unveiled a new timetable to exit lockdown with non-essential stores to reopen on 26 April. The Stay at Home order is to be lifted on 2 April, initially replaced by a Stay Local message. For the next three weeks people will still be urged not to travel outside their local authority area for non-essential reasons.
On 5 April, Click and Collect will resume for non-essential retail after an 11-week suspension. At the same time, hairdressers and barbers can reopen, three weeks earlier than previously scheduled.
A wider range of retailers will be permitted to open including garden centres, homeware stores and car showrooms.
However the real milestone on the road to normality comes on 26 April when all remaining stores and close contact services can reopen.
Pubs, bars, cafés, restaurants and bars will be able to serve people outdoors - in groups of up to six from three households - until 22:00. Alcohol will be permitted, and there will be no requirement for food to be served.
There will also be a partial resumption of indoor hospitality - food and non-alcoholic drinks can be served until 20:00 for groups of up to four people from no more than two households. Contact details will still need to be collected.
Indoor gyms and swimming pools will be allowed to open for individual exercise, driving lessons and tests will take place as can non-essential work in people's homes.
On 17 May, it's hoped most council areas will be able move from level three to level two, allowing much more normality.
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