Phase 3 Update from FM

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed Scotland is moving to Phase 3 of route map out of lockdown.



Some of the main points:

Public transport, retail and hospitality have exemption from 2-metre rule (one metre distancing and other measures in place). But in other circumstances Scotland keeps 2-metre social distancing.


Face coverings mandatory in shops from tomorrow. Nicola Sturgeon says wearing them on public transport should become as automatic as wearing a seatbelt in a car.


From July 10th:

People shielding no longer asked to physically distance from people they live with, and can form extended household if live alone or with children under the age of 18

Max 15 people from up to 5 different households can meet together outdoors.

Max 8 people, from up to 3 different households can meet indoors


From Monday 13 July:

Organised outdoor contact sports and physical activity can resume for children and young people.

Non-essential shops inside shopping centres can re-open.

Community optometry practices increase services and dental practices can see more patients.

Women can designate one other person (as well as birth partner) to attend birth and make ante and post natal ward visits.


From Wednesday 15 July:

Indoor restaurants, cafes and pubs will be able to reopen.

All holiday lets inc hotels re-open, and also museums, galleries, other visitor attractions, libraries and cinemas, including drive-ins and other venues screening films.

Hairdressers can also re-open from 15 July, with extra safety measures.

Childcare sector fully re-opens.

Places of worship (strict numbers on people attending & no singing or chanting) re-open.

Restrictions on attendance at services and ceremonies for funerals, weddings and civil partnerships will also ease.


From 22 July:

Beauticians and nail salons can re-open.

Universities and colleges can begin to resume on-campus learning.

Motorcycle lessons can restart, but not driving lessons / tests.


BUT the following Phase 3 measures will NOT restart before 31 July:

Reopening non-essential offices and call centres.

Outdoor live events.

Indoor entertainment venues such as theatres, music venues and bingo halls.

Indoor gyms and non-professional adult outdoor contact sports will not restart before 31 July.