Glasgow has finally dropped to level 2 of Scotland’s Covid measures – joining 13 other council areas in remaining in level 2 for another few weeks.
Glasgow moved into level two from 5 June while Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire and the Ayrshires will all remain tier two.
People in Glasgow will now be able to drink alcohol indoors, meet in eachother’s homes, and hug loved ones for the first time in months.
When announcing the move on 1 June, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon admitted while the level 2 restrictions were “still tough” she also insisted it was “not lockdown”.
She added: “We can go into each other’s homes, we can see hospitality open, stay open indoors, so there are significant steps there.”
People can meet in homes in groups of no more than six, from a maximum of three households and can also travel from outside their local authority area to other parts of the country.
Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can reopen for drinking indoors while a number of venues will be allowed to reopen and outdoor adult contact sports can start again.
It comes as cases of Covid are rising across certain parts of Scotland, with the increase in rates predominantly being fuelled by the spread of the highly transmissible ‘Delta’ Covid variant.
From 5 June, the Highlands, Argyll & Bute, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, Moray, Angus, Perth and Kinross, Falkirk Fife, Inverclyde, East and West Lothian, West Dunbartonshire, Dumfries & Galloway and the Borders will move to level 1.
Under these restrictions, eight people from three households can meet inside public spaces while, outdoors, the limit has increased to 12 people from 12 households.
It also means 100 people – rather than 50 – can attend weddings and funerals.
Soft play centres and funfairs can also reopen while pubs can open slightly later indoors.
Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles council areas will move to level 0, allowing larger groups to meet in a private residence and adult contact sport to return.
Pubs and other hospitality venues can shut under their local licensing laws, rather than abiding to a national curfew.
The maximum attendance at weddings and funerals will be 200 – rather than 100 at level 1 and 50 at level 2.
People can meet indoors in groups of up to four households.
Additional reporting by PA.