Several lockdown rules will be eased from 26 April in Scotland (Photo: Getty Images / NationalWorld)
Scotland will see an easing in lockdown rules from today thanks to continued falling Covid case rates and the success of the vaccine rollout. These are all of the measures that will be eased.
Mainland Scotland and islands at Level 4 will move to Level 3 of the Scottish Government’s five tiers of restrictions on 26 April. Islands at Level 3 will remain there until 17 May. Up to six people from two households can socialise indoors in a public place, such as a cafe or restaurant. Hospitality venues, including pubs, restaurants and cafes, can open until 8pm indoors, without alcohol, and outdoors where alcohol can be consumed. Local licencing laws will apply outdoors. All shops, stores and close contact services can open. Gyms and swimming pools can open for individual exercise. Travel between Scotland, England and Wales will be permitted. Tourist accommodation can reopen with restrictions in place. Self-catering accommodation will be restricted in line with rules on indoor gatherings. Driving lessons and tests can resume, along with close contact services, such as beauty salons. Weddings and funerals, including post-funeral events and receptions, can take place with up to 50 people, and alcohol is permitted. Non-essential work inside people’s homes, such as painting, decorating or repairing, can take place. Indoor attractions and public buildings, such as museums, galleries and libraries, can reopen. Adults on the shielding list can return to the workplace, if they cannot work from home, and children who have been shielding can return to school.