May 6, 2021


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Nicola Sturgeon lockdown update: The key changes as Scotland moves to Level 3

The latest lockdown protection levels have been revealed as Nicola Sturgeon announced Scotland’s plans to move out of lockdown.

Speaking during an unscheduled briefing on Tuesday, the First Minister confirmed that the country is “firming on track” for the April 26 lockdown easing.

As the Scottish Government continue to monitor the data, Ms Sturgeon is “now extremely confident that those parts of the country currently in level 4 will move to level 3 on April 26.”

Here’s what a move to Level 3 will mean to you:

Yes, for outdoors, such as beer gardens, is alcohol permitted with six people from six households.

Yes, all non-essential shops will be open for business so you will be able to head to your favourite retailers.

Yes, from April 16 you will be able to travel anywhere across Scotland.

However, as lockdown levels change, people in Level 3 must not enter Levels 0-2 or Level 4 area unless for a permitted reason.

Staycations will be permitted with travel restrictions lifted and tourist accommodation will reopen.

However, socialising rules must still apply.

International travel will remain not permitted.

For indoors pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes are also set to reopen on April 26 – however, this is only for meals and non-alcoholic drinks.

They will be given a strict 8pm curfew and only six people from two households are allowed.

Takeaway service will also continue to be open.

Yes, gyms and indoor sports facilities including swimming pools and leisure centres will be open for individual exercise.

Group activity will be permitted for under 18s.

No, contacts sports are not permitted until Level 2.

No, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, music venues, comedy clubs, amusement arcades, bingo halls and other entertainment centres cannot reopen until Level 2.

Yes, groups of six people from up to two households may socialise indoors in a public place. This does not include in-house socialising.

However, one substantial change is that, from April 16, a maximum of six people from up to six households can meet outdoors.

It is worth noting that under 12s do not count towards restricted numbers or households outdoors.

These will be closed with the exception of drive-in events.

You should continue to active travel (walk, run, cycle, wheel) where possible and avoid car sharing with people outside of your extended household.

Face coverings compulsory on public transport and, due to limited capacity, if you are using public transport then plan ahead.

Nurseries, childminders and regulated school-age childcare providers are open.

Informal childcare such as family and friends are permitted.

Yes, but it will be subject to guidance.

Glasgow Times:

Yes, all visitors centres can reopen for business.

You are encouraged to work from home where possible.

Yes, but the recommended family support from at least one visitor per patient.

Yes, however, the recommended minimum of two visits per week, one person at a time. It should be essential visits only at all times.

Yes, but it will be blended learning.

Yes, and 50 people are allowed to attend the ceremony and the wedding reception. Alcohol is also permitted.

A maximum of 50 people are allowed to attend a funeral service and alcohol is permitted.

Yes, places of worship will be open.

Yes, all public buildings are allowed to reopen on April 26.

Yes, driving lessons will be restarted.

Glasgow Times:

Work, such as home decorating, repairs etc are allowed indoors.

Yes, you are allowed to move home.