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When is the lockdown easing in Scotland? How Covid restrictions will drop to level 0 on July 19

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Nicola Sturgeon is optimistic Scotland can take the next step on their lockdown roadmap on July 19.

The original plan was for the whole country to drop to zero on June 28, but this was delayed for three weeks.

Scotland currently has the highest rate of virus per population in Europe, due to the spread of the Delta variant.

This has prompted some experts to push for the zero crossing to be delayed again.

However, the Prime Minister said the rollout of the vaccine in Scotland means it should still be able to ease some restrictions in two weeks.

What will change on July 19?

The whole of Scotland is now expected to drop back to zero on July 19.

This despite the fact that much of the country’s central belt, including Edinburgh and Glasgow, is currently at level two.

Ms Sturgeon said on Friday: ‘Remember that the dates we have set are not tied to particular infection rates on purpose, they are tied to vaccination milestones.

“Therefore, I still hope to be able to meet these dates.

“I’m not going to confirm that today because it would take me out of the very careful process that we go through before getting to this point.”

What are the rules at level zero?

  • You can meet socially in groups:
    • up to eight people from four households in your home or theirs – and can stay overnight
    • up to 10 people from four households in a covered public place such as a cafe, pub or restaurant
    • up to 15 people from 15 households outside
    • children under 12 do not count in the total number of people or households meeting outdoors, but do count in the number of households indoors
  • You don’t need to physically move away from family and friends in a private home
  • You can travel anywhere in Scotland in levels 0-2, but must not enter a level three or four zone, except for an authorized reason.
  • You can travel anywhere in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. Before traveling, you should check the travel rules in these countries.
  • You can provide informal childcare, for example, to care for a grandchild
  • Up to 200 people can attend weddings and funerals
  • Craftsmen can do any job in your home like painting, decorating or repairing
  • You should work from home whenever possible

What can open at zero level?

  • Cafes, pubs and restaurants
  • All shops and stores
  • All local services, including hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons
  • All sports and exercises
  • Tourist accommodation
  • All tourist attractions
  • All public buildings such as libraries and community centers
  • All entertainment (except nightclubs and adult entertainment)
  • Stadiums and events – with a maximum number
  • A limited and gradual return to the offices

When will lockdown end in Scotland?

The Scottish government plans to lift all remaining restrictions on August 9.

That’s when social distancing rules will be removed indoors, allowing large groups to meet and places like nightclubs to reopen.

However, some rules should remain in place, such as wearing face masks on public transport and in stores.

This contrasts with England, which are set to drop their mask requirements on July 19, when they drop their remaining lockdown restrictions.

The Scottish government has said there will be a “continued need” for face coverings, although the measures are currently under review.