COVID-19: What are the brand new coronavirus guidelines in Scotland? What areas are shifting to Stage 1?

2021-06-01 20:41:00

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has introduced a “slight slowing down” within the lifting of lockdown guidelines for a lot of Scotland amid the unfold of the Indian variant of coronavirus.

This implies not all areas of the nation will see an extra reopening on the subsequent stage of Scotland’s easing of COVID measures.

Nevertheless, some components of the nation will get pleasure from looser guidelines from Saturday.

Here is what’s occurring:

Staying at Stage 2

As a part of Ms Sturgeon’s “pause” of lockdown lifting, the overwhelming majority of Scotland’s central belt will stay in Stage 2 restrictions.

Edinburgh metropolis, Midlothian, Dundee metropolis, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, North, South and East Ayrshire, North and South Lanarkshire, Clackmannanshire and Stirling haven’t but met the standards to see restrictions ease, the primary minister stated.

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Sturgeon slows down lockdown easing

Ms Sturgeon added there might even have been an argument to maneuver these areas into Stage 3 restrictions, given the uncooked figures on COVID circumstances, however the influence of the vaccination programme had meant this could not be wanted.

Beforehand, the Scottish authorities had aimed to maneuver most of Scotland to Stage 1 restrictions from subsequent week.

Transferring from Stage 3 to Stage 2

Final month, whereas most of Scotland moved to Stage 2 restrictions, Glasgow was left below Stage 3 measures resulting from an “uncomfortably excessive” variety of COVID circumstances.

Nevertheless, from Saturday, town will transfer all the way down to Stage 2 restrictions as Ms Sturgeon stated the outbreak there had stabilised with case numbers falling barely.

Beneath Stage 2 restrictions, pubs, bars and eating places within the metropolis can be allowed to serve alcohol indoors, six folks from three households can meet inside houses and keep in a single day, and other people will have the ability to hug family members.

With all of Scotland now set to maneuver to Stage 2 and beneath, it additionally means the ending of journey restrictions each inside Scotland and between Scotland and England, Wales, Northern Eire, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Beneath Scotland’s tiered restrictions, folks should not enter a Stage 3 or 4 space until they’ve a permitted motive like going to work or caring for a susceptible particular person.

Transferring from Stage 2 to Stage 1

Regardless of the “pause” in lockdown lifting for a lot of areas, different native authorities will see COVID measures lifted from Saturday.

These are Highland, Argyll & Bute, Aberdeen metropolis and Aberdeenshire, Moray, Angus, Perth & Kinross, Falkirk, Fife, Inverclyde, East and West Lothian, West Dunbartonshire, Dumfries & Galloway and the Borders.

This implies as much as eight folks from three households can meet indoors in a public place like a restaurant, pub or restaurant, whereas as much as 12 folks from 12 households can meet outdoor in a non-public backyard or a public place.

Comfortable play centres and funfairs may also have the ability to open.

Transferring from Stage 1 to Stage 0

These islands at present in Stage 1 will transfer to Stage 0 from Saturday.

These are Orkney, Shetland, Na h-Eileanan Siar, all islands in Highland besides Skye, and the Argyll and Bute islands of Coll, Colonsay, Erraid, Gometra, Iona, Islay, Jura, Mull, Oronsay, Tiree and Ulva.

Beneath Stage 1 restrictions, there may be even better freedom on social mixing with eight folks from 4 households in a position to collect in personal houses, 10 folks from 4 households in a position to collect in cafe, pubs and eating places, and as much as 15 folks from 15 households in a position to meet outdoor.

All leisure and leisure companies – aside from nightclubs and grownup leisure venues – can even open.

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