Highland Perthshire and the rest of Scotland is now under level 0 Coronavirus restrictions, meaning that the rules in place to suppress the virus are currently at their most lax.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “If we do all of this, frustrating though it all continues increasingly to be, we will help protect ourselves and our loved ones. As we continue to complete the vaccination programme, which does offer us still the route back to greater normality, we will make it easier for more restrictions to be gradually and sensibly lifted in the weeks ahead.”
Here are the new rules as follows:
In Home socialising
Up to 8 people from 4 households in your home or theirs – and can stay overnight.
Up to 10 people from 4 households in an indoor public place like a café, pub or restaurant. Hospitality settings will be required to close at midnight.
15 people from 15 households outdoors – under 12s do not count towards the total number of people meeting outside or indoors.
Who Can Open
Shops and stores, all close contact services including hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons, all sport and exercise, tourist accommodation, all visitor attractions, all public buildings like libraries and community centres, all entertainment (apart from nightclubs and adult entertainment), stadiums and events.
Who is not allowed to open:
Nightclubs and adult entertainment.
You need to maintain at least 1m distance from other households in all indoor public settings.
Face masks remain mandatory in Scotland.
Weddings and funerals
Wedding ceremonies, civil partnership registrations and funerals can take place with a maximum capacity of 200 people – provided the venue can maintain social distancing. Alcohol may be served.
Consumption of food and alcoholic drinks – hospitality premises are permitted to open from 04:00 (for airport airside) to midnight.
Stadiums and events
Outdoor seated and open space events are advised to operate with a maximum capacity of 2,000 people.
Outdoor grouped standing events are advised to operate with a maximum capacity of 1,000 people.
Seated indoor events are advised to operate with a maximum of 400 people.
Working from home
People are advised to work from home wherever that is practicable. By law, employers must take all reasonable steps to minimise the risk of the incidence and spread of coronavirus. Supporting employees to work from home where possible is an important part of that.
People in Scotland can now travel across all of Scotland and into the other nations of the United Kingdom, except to any council in level three or above restrictions.