Staged Implementation of Recovery Phase 2

Phase 2 of the recovery plan was announced by the First Minister earlier today (18 June), she noted that the current status of the epidemic in Scotland means that the changes in Phase 2 will be introduced in stages, rather than all at once. This is for our continued safety – there is a review point on Thursday 2 July.

For now, people should continue to stay in their local area (broadly within five miles) as much as possible and should not travel further for leisure or recreation.

Here’s a breakdown of how the easing will be rolled out once guidance is implemented:

From Friday 19 June

  • people who are not shielding can now meet with two households outside. An 8 person overall limit and need for physical distancing remains. During this outdoor visit they can use toilets indoors (hygiene measures are essential).
  • certain household types can now meet others indoors in an ‘extended households’.
  • Use limited public transport services – capacity will remain constrained due to physical distancing requirements – active travel remains the preferred mode of travel. That is using foot, wheel or cycle. There may be geographical differences in approaches to transport depending on circumstances. 

From Monday 22 June

  • You must wear face coverings on public transport (eg: trains, buses, taxis)
  • Places of worship will reopen for individual prayer or contemplation
  • Consistent with Phase 2, accommodation allowed for those required to stay away from home for work purposes

From Monday 29 June

  • all shops with street access can open
  • outdoor markets can re-open with limited access
  • outdoor sports courts can re-open
  • playgrounds can re-open
  • zoos and garden attractions can open but should remain limited to local access only (broadly within 5 miles) in this phase
  • marriages and civil partnerships allowed with minimal attendees – outdoors only

The announcement clarified that travel to a second home only for essential maintenance would be possible, in line with relaxation of house moves, from Monday 29 June.

Thursday 2 July is the review point when the Government will review the scientific evidence on how pubs and restaurants can open outdoor spaces safely (e.g. beer gardens, on-street seating).

The next review date in advance of Phase 3 will be Thursday 9 July 2020.

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