Nicola Sturgeon reveals plan for easing Scotland’s lockdown

Tanya Simon
May 22, 2020

That is why I have set out the gradual and incremental phases by which we will aim to ease lockdown matched with careful monitoring of the virus. The US and Europe are now the world's worst-hit regions. By phase four all types of pubs, bars and restaurants should be able to reopen in line with public health advice.

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School staff will begin returning to schools to make necessary preparations and adjustments for the new school year beginning from August 11, and where possible, transition support will be available to pupils starting P1 and S1.

Phase three will not begin until July 9 at the very earliest, including allowing Scots to meet people from more than one household indoors.

Public transport will operate with increased services, but with limited capacity to enable physical distancing, and with travel at peak times discouraged as much as possible. Continued hand washing, cough hygiene and physical distancing will continue to be essential as will wearing a face covering where appropriate.

Non-contact sports, including tennis and golf, will resume in Scotland from next week following First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's announcement on a planned relaxation of lockdown measures in the country.

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The NHS will continue to re-introduce some chronic disease management, with more prioritised referrals to secondary care and all dental practices opening for those with urgent care needs.

Scots will be allowed to meet "another household" in a park or private garden, subject to social distancing, a more generous regime than now exists in England which limits interaction to one other person.

The statement added: "Scottish Golf would like to highlight that the Scottish Government continues to monitor its response to the COVID-19 outbreak closely and have not ruled out the re-introduction of restrictions which could see golf paused again if these guidelines are not being followed".

The first phase, which is expected to come into force on May 28, will see the reopening of some public outdoor spaces as well as industries including parts of the construction sector.

Sturgeon has unveiled a four phase "route map" which will restart society whilst still suppressing coronavirus.

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