Lockdown Changes – Update 9 July

The following changes have been announced by the First Minister

10 July
The general rules on household gatherings will, from tomorrow, be as follows:

  • A maximum of 15 people from up to five different households can meet together outdoors
  • The advice is to remain two metres distant from people in households other than your own.
  • Limited indoor gatherings will also be permitted.
  • A maximum of eight people, from up to three different households can meet indoors
  • To be clear, that is the household whose house the gathering is in and people from up to two additional households.
  • As long as physical distancing between different households is maintained, this can include overnight stays.

From Monday 13 July

  • Non-essential shops inside shopping centres will be able to reopen
  • Children and young people will also be allowed to play organised outdoor contact sports
  • Dentists will be able to see patients for some routine treatments, and optometrists can begin to scale up work.
  • A woman can have a designated person accompany them to ante and post natal appointments
  • In addition to their birth partner, they can designate one other person to attend the birth and make ante and post natal ward vists

From Wednesday 15 July

  • Indoor hospitality in pubs and restaurants will return on “a limited basis” and subject to several conditions
  • It is essential that the guidance on health and safety is followed rigorously including customer contact details
  • Where mitigating measures are in place the exemption from the 2m rule is allowed
  • All holiday accommodation permitted (following relevant guidance)
  • Museums, galleries, cinemas, monuments, libraries can reopen – with physical distancing and other measures
  • All childcare providers can open subject to individual provider arrangements
  • Hairdressers and barbers will be able to reopen – with enhanced hygiene measures – guidance will be published later this week

15 July
Places of Worship
From 15 July places of worship can also reopen for communal prayer, congregational services and contemplation. Numbers will be strictly limited:

  • Two metres physical distancing will be required
  • There will be a requirement to collect the contact details and time of attendance of those entering a place of worship
  • Given what is known of transmission risks, singing and chanting will also be restricted
  • Restrictions on attendance at services and ceremonies for funerals, weddings and civil partnerships will be eased
  • However numbers will be even more limited than for worship generally and physical distancing will be required
  • Associated gatherings – such as wakes or receptions – must continue to follow the limits on household gatherings and hospitality.

From 22 July

  • Personal retail services which have not yet reopened – for example beauticians and nail salons – will be able to reopen with enhanced hygiene measures in place.
  • Universities and colleges can implement a phased return to on-campus learning, as part of a blended model with remote teaching.
  • Motorcycle instruction – and theory and hazard tests – can also resume from that date but driving lessons and tests in cars will have to wait longer

31 July
It should be assumed at this stage that these other activities will not restart before 31 July, although this will be kept under review:

  • the reopening of non-essential offices and call centres
  • the resumption of outdoor live events
  • the reopening of indoor entertainment venues such as theatres, music venues and bingo halls.
  • the opening of indoor gyms, and the resumption of non-professional adult outdoor contact sports

Source: BBC News Scotland

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