Scotland is preparing to drop its “stay-at-home” order from Friday, in the first major easing of restrictions since pupils returned to school two weeks ago.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said residents will instead be told to “stay local” – “in other words, not to travel outside your own local authority area unless for an essential purpose”.
Then, from next week, some businesses will be allowed to reopen, with hairdressers and garden centers at the top of the list. These will both open from Monday 5 April, along with click-and-collect retail and car forecourts and showrooms.
These businesses will be “subject to enhanced safety measures including physical distancing, face coverings and pre-booking where appropriate,” the Scottish Government said.
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On 5 April some students will also be allowed to return to college. “Colleges will prioritize those students whose return is essential – including those who are most at risk of not completing their courses,” the First Minister said.
“That includes those who are taking qualifications in construction, engineering, hairdressing, beauty and related courses.”
Non-contact sport for 12-17-year-olds will also restart on this date.
Monday 12 April
All children will be able to return to school full-time, starting after the Easter holidays, which for some will be from 12 April.
Monday 26 April
Scotland will move to a “modified” version of level three restrictions from 26 April.
The First Minister told MSPs the vaccination program will have reached those most at risk of dying from Covid-19, which “will give us confidence to ease restrictions much more significantly”.
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