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Scotland’s Strategic Framework

The FM has confirmed (20 April) that from Monday 26 April those parts of the country currently in level 4 will move to level 3.  Assuming data continues in right direction, all of Scotland will move to level 2 on Monday 17 May (inc small meetings indoors).  Intention to then move to level 1 on Monday 7 June, level 0 in late June and then closer to normality over summer.

Announcements from 17 May 

From Monday 17 May, most of mainland Scotland moves to Level 2, with eased restrictions on hospitality, entertainment, education and sport.

The new rules will apply to all mainland local authority areas with the exception of Moray, which is experiencing a high and increasing number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. As a result Moray is likely to remain in Level 3 for a further period, with travel in and out of the area prohibited other than for permitted purposes.

As the virus is now sufficiently under control in the Western Isles, Orkney, Shetland and remote Highland and Argyll islands, these communities are expected to move straight to Level 1.

From 17 May, anyone entering Scotland from countries on a new international travel ‘Green List’ will not be required to quarantine on arrival, but will have to take a PCR test for COVID-19. The Green List will initially be the same as that in place for England but will be subject to review based on Scotland’s specific needs.

Under Level 2 restrictions:

  • up to six people from three households will be able to meet in each other’s homes or gardens without physical distancing – this was the limit previously planned for Level 1 but has now been accelerated for areas in Level 2. People will be encouraged to use their judgment about close physical contact with others
  • up to six people from three households will be able to meet indoors in places such as pubs, cafes and restaurants, while up to eight people from eight households will be able to meet outdoors
  • pubs and restaurants will be able to serve alcohol indoors until 10:30pm in two-hour booked slots
  • venues including cinemas, theatres, concert halls, music venues, comedy clubs, amusement arcades, casinos, snooker halls and bingo halls will be able to reopen
  • events will resume with a maximum capacity of 100 people indoors, 250 outdoors where there is unrestricted standing and 500 for events with seating. Organisers will be allowed to apply to hold bigger events
  • outdoor contact sports and indoor group exercise classes will be able to restart
  • more than one person will be able to sing during religious services
  • amateur performing arts groups will be able to perform outdoors
  • colleges and universities will have more flexibility to resume in-person learning

Further information on Next Steps Out Of Lockdown

Announcements from 26 April:

  • People on shielding list can return to workplace / work from home where possible
  • Children who have been shielding can return to school
  • All shops will be able to reopen
  • All close contact services such as beauty parlours can reopen
  • Can collect take away food indoors
  • Hospitality can reopen:
    • Outdooring settings – opening hours determined by local licensing laws (alcohol can be served, groups of upto 6 from 6 households)
    • Indoor settings – open till 8pm (no alcohol, 6 people from 2 households).  The FM confirmed that contrary to media reports, guidance on physical distancing indoors has not changed
    • Updated guidance on collection of customer contact details will be published and requires all customers to have details taken
  • Attendance limit at funeral, weddings and life events increases to 50
  • Tourist accommodation can reopen.  For self catering, indoor mixing rules still apply
  • Non essential informal childcare can restart
  • Non essential work permitted inside people’s homes
  • Driving lessons can resume
  • Indoor gyms and pools can reopen for individual exercise
  • Indoor attractions can reopen
  • All remaining travel restrictions will be lifted for travel in Scotland and between Scotland, England and Wales.  Travel restrictions also lifted for travel to N. Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man
  • May need to enforce local travel restrictions from time to time if there are local outbreaks
  • Lateral flow tests will be available to anyone in Scotland from Monday (order details on Scottish Government website).  Encouraged if you are planning to travel to a Scottish island
  • International travel:
    • From Friday, if you have been in India for essential purposes, you must stay in managed accommodation for 10 days at the place you arrive in UK
    • Will continue to work with UK government to agree common approach for international travel.  No non-essential travel until at least 17 May

Business support 

  • £3bn over past year and next financial year 100% rates relief for retail, hospitality, leisure and aviation 
  • Strategic Framework Business Fund to be replaced by restart grants. From 22 March recipients of support from SFBF will receive a final four week payment 
    • From 19 April, recipients will receive a combined final payment comprising two weeks closure support and restart grant: 
      • Retail upto £7,500 

Hospitality and leisure upto £19,500

Guidance

Update on physical distance capacity guidance here

Updated strategic framework and level guidance here

Tourism and hospitality sector guidance here

Test and Protect – Multi-sector guidance on collection of customer and visitor contact details here

New 'Check In Scotland' app launches

Regular rapid testing available for everyone

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