Scotland reopens non-essential shops as government lifts lockdown

 Tuesday, April 27, 2021 

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The cafes, pubs, gyms, museums and non-essential shops across Scotland have reopened as the country eases out of lockdown. It is generally moving from level 4 to level 3 under Scotland’s five-tier system of coronavirus restrictions, residents across the country will be able to enjoy new freedoms – albeit with some Covid-19 measures still in place.

Under rules set down by the Scottish government, residents will be able to meet up in groups of up to six from two households in indoor public venues, including cafes and restaurants.

Meanwhile, people can meet up in groups of up to six from as many as six households outdoors for gatherings in private gardens, parks or the outdoor area of a cafe. The residents under the age of 12 do not count towards the total number of people or households meeting outside, but they are counted in indoor gatherings.

Scots will also be able to travel to England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. The funerals and weddings will be allowed to take place with up to 50 people and alcohol permitted.

But members of the public will still be expected to follow coronavirus measures, including social distancing, handwashing and wearing masks when required.

The easing of restrictions comes after Nicola Sturgeon announced last week that the country would be able to move forward in lifting rules thanks to the continued suppression of the spread of COVID-19 and the success of the country’s vaccine rollout.

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