Nicola Sturgeon reveals plan for easing Scotland’s lockdown

Thursday, May 21, 2020

A four-stage strategy to gradually ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions in Scotland could begin next Thursday, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The First Minister told MSPs today that phase one of the plan will allow Scots to meet people from one other household, sunbathe and take part in some non-contact sports.

But in her statement at Hollywood she said also warned: “If we move too quickly or without proper care, it could run out of control again very quickly.”

She said the steps in each stage will not all necessarily all be implemented together. Schools are set to open on August 11, though with a mixture of classroom and remote learning.

Ms Sturgeon’s plan for Scotland is:

Phase one - Scots can sit or sunbathe outdoors, meet people from one other household while outdoors and travel to nearby outdoor locations.

Non-contact outdoor leisure activities can resume, as can waste and recycling services, outdoor businesses and construction.

Reopen takeaway, drive-throughs and garden centres and a phased resumption of criminal justice system.

Phase two - Providing physical distancing and hygiene measures are in place, people can meet larger groups of family and friends outside, and people from another household indoors. Pubs and restaurants can also open outdoor spaces.

Phase three - Pubs and restaurants can open indoor spaces and hairdressers can begin to trade again. Again, all with appropriate distancing and hygiene measures.

Phase four - Resume mass gatherings. Schools and childcare provisions open with precautions. All workplaces open, though working from home and flexible working still encouraged.

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