Scotland moved one other step nearer to returning to regular life on Monday as Covid-19 restrictions have been additional eased to permit hairdressers, homeware retailers and backyard centres to reopen following months of shut down.
Non-essential click-and-collect providers additionally resumed enterprise after the devolved authorities mentioned the newest information “reveals continued suppression of Covid-19”.
Scotland additionally changed its “keep at residence” order with a brand new “keep native” rule on Friday. This implies folks could make non-essential journeys of their native authority space, however not exterior of it except for important causes.
Whereas extra lockdown restrictions have been relaxed and Covid is being steadily suppressed, deputy first minister John Swinney warned that “the virus is down however it’s not but out” as he referred to as on folks to proceed following the principles.
“The very last thing we’d like is to see it [Covid] making a comeback and undoing all of the progress from the large effort and sacrifices we now have all needed to make,” he mentioned.
Beneath the newest leisure of rules, hairdressers and barbers reopening should accomplish that by appointment solely, with social distancing measures and the carrying of face masks nonetheless required. Cellular hairdressing providers are nonetheless banned.
Automobile showrooms and forecourts additionally reopened on Monday. And from this week, extra school college students will have the ability to return to on-campus studying, with 12-17 year-olds allowed to renew outside contact sports activities from this date. Persons are inspired to proceed working from residence the place doable.
David Lonsdale, director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, mentioned the reopenings are “excellent news” for buyers and the financial system however warned folks visiting shops to be “respectful of workers” and proceed following the principles.
“Retailers are working exhausting to arrange for reopening. Customers can play their half by adhering to the principles on face-coverings, social distancing, queuing, and by being respectful of store workers,” he mentioned.
Scotland will evaluation its route out of lockdown once more on 26 April, when an additional reopening of the financial system is deliberate supplied that Covid ranges stay secure.
All retailers, gyms, libraries, museums, galleries and vacationer lodging are anticipated to reopen, in addition to some indoor hospitality, together with pubs eating places and cafes.
Monday’s leisure of guidelines got here as Scotland recorded 343 new Covid circumstances. In line with official figures revealed on 4 March, there have been no new reported deaths of people that had examined optimistic.
Some 2,553,837 folks have acquired the primary dose of a Covid vaccination and 451,057 have acquired their second dose.