Summary of Proposed Changes to Lockdown from 28 May

The rules set out in the previous (Lockdown) phase apply except as set out below.

Seeing family and friends: The Scottish Government are planning in this phase to change regulations to permit people to use public outdoor spaces for recreational purposes, for example to sit in a public space. The Scottish Government are also planning for one household to meet up with another household outdoors, in small numbers, including in gardens, but with physical distancing required.

The Scottish Government expect no public gatherings except for meetings of two households and only outdoors and with physical distancing.

Getting around: Consistent with the reopening of workplaces set out in this phase, where home working is not possible, businesses and organisations are encouraged to manage travel demand through staggered start times and flexible working patterns.

You will also be permitted to travel short distances for outdoor leisure and exercise but the advice is to stay within a short distance of your local community and to walk or cycle where possible. International border health measures are set to be introduced.

Schools, childcare and other educational settings: The Scottish Government are planning to change guidance so that staff can return to schools and for an increased number of children to access critical childcare provision including the re-opening of child minding services and fully outdoor nursery provision. They are planning to make support available to pupils at key transition points, e.g. those due to start P1 or S1 where possible.

Working or running a business: The Scottish Government are planning for remote working to remain the default position for those who can. For those workplaces that are reopening, employers should encourage staggered start times and flexible working.

The Scottish Government are also planning for outdoor workplaces to resume with physical distancing measures in place once guidance is agreed.

The Scottish Government are also planning for the construction sector to implement the first two phases in its restart plan with a decision to move to ‘phase 2’ of the construction sector’s plan only after consulting with government to ensure it is safe to do so in line with public health advice.

The Scottish Government are preparing for the safe reopening of the housing market.

Workplaces resuming in the following phases can undertake preparatory work on physical distancing and hygiene measures in this phase.

Shopping, eating and drinking out: The Scottish Government are planning the gradual opening of drive through food outlets as well as the re-opening of garden centres and plant nurseries with physical distancing.

Associated cafes (e.g. in garden centres) should not reopen at this stage except for take away.

Sport, culture and leisure activities: The Scottish Government are planning to allow unrestricted outdoors exercise adhering to distancing measures and non-contact outdoor activities in the local area – such as golf, hiking, canoeing, outdoor swimming, angling – consistent with the wider rules and guidance applicable to any activity in this phase.

Community and public services: The Scottish Government are planning the gradual resumption of key support services in the community. They are expecting to restart face-to-face Children’s Hearings and for there to be greater direct contact for social work and support services with at-risk groups and families, and for there to be access to respite/day care to support unpaid carers and for families with a disabled family member. All of these would involve appropriate physical distancing and hygiene measures.

The Scottish Government are planning for the opening of Household Waste Recycling Centres. They are also planning the re-opening of court and tribunal buildings, with limited business and public access.

Gatherings and occasions: The Scottish Governmentare expecting no public gatherings except for meetings of two households and then only outdoors and with physical distancing.

Health and Social Care: The Scottish Government expect to begin the safe restart of NHS services, covering primary, and community services including mental health.

They are also planning on retaining COVID-free GP services and planning a further scale up of digital consultations.

The Scottish Government expect to roll out the NHS Pharmacy First Scotland service in community pharmacies and increased care offered at emergency dental hubs as practices prepare to open. They will also restart, where possible, urgent electives previously paused. And there will be a resumption of IVF treatment, as soon as it is safe to do so, and subject to the approval of Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

There will be an increase provision of emergency eyecare in the community.

The Scottish Government will consider the introduction of designated visitors to care homes.

The Test and Protect system will be available across the country.

Source: Scottish Government Route map