Breaking News: Further Covid Easing of Restrictions

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister has just held a press conference joined by Dr Gregor Smith. Here is today’s breaking news. There’s a lot to get through today.

Social Distancing

Advice from the Scientific Advisory Group maintains that the 2m social distancing rule must be continued for the time being in Scotland. The Scottish Government has reached the following conclusions:

1. You should remain 2m from other people in other households.
2. 2m remains the benchmark for the time being, including in shops.
3. However, in the interests of moving the economy too and considering a balanced approach, as we enter Phase 3 (hopefully next week), 1m social distancing will be permitted in certain exceptions and in certain industries. The guidance will be different for different businesses and sectors. The current rules will apply until then.

Changes to Rules and Guidelines this coming weekend

From Friday 3rd July, the rule about not travelling more than 5 miles will finally be lifted, meaning you CAN travel beyond that limit for leisure and recreation.

Tighter Restrictions for Scottish Borders

There is a small outbreak in Annan, with 10 people being tested as positive. The Government is hopefully that this borders outbreak can be contained. As such precautions in Annan, Gretna, Lockerbie and surrounding area is for them to continue to maintain the 5 mile limit. If you have plans to travel into these areas, you should follow the travel advice. Care homes will not be able to welcome visitors in those areas over this weekend.

Changes to Rules and Guidelines from next week

Outdoor hospitality like beer gardens can open from Monday 6th July.

Face Coverings

Important: Face coverings will be mandatory in Scottish Shops from 10th July 2020, providing an additional layer of protection until the virus can be eradicated. Coverings are already mandatory on public transport.

For Children and Young People

To help children enjoy the summer holidays more, there will be 2 further changes to allow more interaction between young people. From 3rd July, and in line with medical advice, children under 11 years and under will have no physical distancing requirement imposed, therefore allowing them more freedom, to meet friends. Older children over 11 years will still not be able to meet in groups for now. Adults should also continue to physical distance. The relaxation does not apply to children who are shielding. It is hoped outdoor contact sports for children can resume on 13th July.

Places of Worship

An announcement about churches re-opening is expected on 9th July.

Scottish Statistics

There’s been a total of 18,265 Covid cases to date in Scotland with 9 people still in ICU, 8 fewer than yesterday. The R number is 0.6-0.8. Sadly, there was one further death in the last 24 hours, the current total deaths 2,487. Our sympathies go to them all.

If you’re in any doubt about the changes, please go to the Scottish Government website which has an updated route map , relevant to all these changes.

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