At 12.30pm today, Thursday 18th June 2020 Nicola Sturgeon will announce a further easing of the country’s lockdown rules.
Essentially this will be a move from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of the Scottish government’s route map out of lockdown.
However this will be a cautious start with a gradual introduction of change expected over the next three weeks.
But what is in Phase 1 and what can we expect in Phase 2?
Phase 1 (already in place): Virus not yet contained but cases are falling. From 28 May you have been able to meet another household outside in small numbers. Sunbathing is allowed, along with some outdoor activities like golf and fishing. Garden centres and drive-through takeaways can reopen, some outdoor work can resume, and childminding services began.
Phase 2: Virus controlled. You will eventually be able to meet larger groups outdoors, and meet another household indoors. Construction, factories, warehouses, laboratories and small shops can resume work. Playgrounds and sports courts can reopen, and professional sport can begin again.
Remember don’t expect it all to be unlocked straight away.