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Covid level 0: everything changes from today in Scotland


Scotland moves to level 0 today as the easing of the lockdown continues in the UK.

It took a long time to happen, with much of the country under limited restrictions for most of the year.

Level 0 marks Scotland’s lowest level of restrictions, which the Scottish government hopes to largely eliminate from August 9.

It sometimes feels like the rules are constantly changing, so here’s your guide to what’s now allowed under level 0 restrictions.

How many people can socialize indoors at level 0?

Under Level 0 restrictions, the number of people allowed to socialize indoors will increase:

up to 8 people from four households can meet in one house and stay overnight

up to 10 people from four households can meet in an indoor public space such as a pub or restaurant

up to 15 people from 15 households can meet outside in a public space or a private garden

Children under 12 are not included in the number of people allowed to gather outside.

This means that, hypothetically, 15 people over the age of 15 can meet outdoors with an unknown number of children.

How many people can attend weddings and funerals at level 0?

Up to 200 people can attend weddings and funerals at level 0, but only if the location allows a physical distance of 2 m.

Face coverings should always be worn indoors, except for the couple getting married or the person accompanying the couple down the aisle.

During this time, at the funeral, the person conducting the funeral service or reading a eulogy can remove their mask.

Can pubs and restaurants return to normal opening hours?

Not enough.

Under the level 0 restrictions, pubs and restaurants can stay open until midnight, which is a change from the original plans to allow the hospital to return to normal licensing hours.

Table service remains compulsory at level 0, as does the wearing of a mask when not seated.

Can sport and other spectator events resume?

Outdoor seated events can be held with up to 2,000 people, while outdoor standing events are limited to 1,000 people.

Seated indoor events can take place with up to 400 people.

Can nightclubs open at level 0?

No, discos and adult entertainment are among the small number of businesses not allowed to open at level 0.

Are hospital visits allowed at level 0?

All hospital visits are permitted at level 0, subject to local health protection boards.

The same goes for retirement homes.

Can singing take place in church?

Under Level 0 restrictions, chanting can take place in places of worship as long as face masks are worn and social distancing is maintained.

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