Nicola Sturgeon’s lockdown easing timetable for Scotland: The next big date to look forward to

Glaswegians were given a taste of freedom yesterday as outdoor hospitality and non-essential shops reopened for the first time this year.

Scotland took a significant step out of lockdown with the reopening of the wider economy as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to fall.

Around 70 per cent of the country’s adult population have now received their vaccine, including the top priority groups including care home residents and those with underlying health conditions.

Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that more restrictions will be lifted in the next three weeks if the country continues to suppress the virus.

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A raft of rules is set to be eased from May 17, including the potential return of some indoor household mixing and further opening of the hospitality industry.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus press briefing last week, the First Minister said: “We expect, assuming that the data continues to go in the right direction, that all of Scotland will move to level two on Monday, May 17.

“We are hopeful, very hopeful, of seeing sustained progress in the weeks and months ahead.”

What restrictions are expected to be lifted from May 17
  • up to four people from two households can socialise indoors in a private home and up to six people from up to three households may socialise in an indoor public space
  • up to eight people from up to eight households may socialise outdoors
  • hospitality venues can open until 10.30pm indoors (alcohol permitted with two hour slots) and outdoors (local licensing laws apply
  • all organised sport and exercise activity permitted except adult indoor contact sports
  • cinemas, theatres, concert halls, music venues, comedy clubs, amusement arcades, and bingo halls can open, subject to capacity constraints
  • outdoor and indoor event can resume. Maximum capacities – indoors (100), outdoors seated (500) and outdoor free-standing (250) subject to physical distancing capacity requirements
  • universities and colleges can return to a more blended model of learning
  • adult organised non-professional arts can resume outdoors
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