Starting Monday 26th April, people in Perth and Kinross and across Scotland can once again visit our favourite shops and cafés as lockdown measures are eased and the country enters Level 3.
Non-essential travel between Scotland, England and Wales will also be permitted meaning that families can reunite, and Highland Perthshire can once again welcome guests to support our hospitality and tourism industry.
Announcing the new measures, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
“As we reopen, some people may think the risk has receded so we can throw caution to the wind, the opposite is true.
“When we’re asking people to stay at home, you’re not going to come into contact with someone with the virus.
“As we go out about a bit more levels of the virus might be lower but you’re more likely to come into contact with it as you’re seeing more people.
“So, it becomes even more important to do all things we’ve been asking you to do all year whether that’s wearing face coverings or keeping a safe physical distance.
Cafes, pubs and restaurants can resume full outdoor service, subject to local licensing and serve food indoors – without alcohol – until 8pm.
Takeaway restaurants can also resume normal service whilst still adhering to physical distancing and wearing of face masks.
Gyms and swimming pools can once again open and those looking to freshen up their homes ahead of summer can now complete any non-essential work such as painting and decorating.
Driving lessons and tests can also continue and attendees for funerals, weddings and related reception events can now increase to 50 guests.
The First Minister added:
“We must remember the virus we are dealing with now is much more infectious than it was when bars and cafes were last open.
“So, it’s really important that as enjoy these new restored freedoms, we continue to be really careful and take all of the required precaution.
“Particularly, for now, please don’t meet up with other households in your or their homes. We know that is a particular risk, but we equally hope that will begin to ease from the middle of May.
A further easing of measures taking Scotland into Level 2 is set to go ahead on Monday 17th May if COVID case numbers continue to decrease.