Thu 28 May 20

Physical distancing and staying at home still key to tackling COVID-19

Changes to Scotland’s lockdown restrictions have been confirmed today by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

While some outdoor activity restrictions will ease as of Friday, the public are still urged to stay at home as much as possible and maintain strict physical distancing when outdoors.

Measures that will come into force in Phase one include:

  • From tomorrow (29 May), one household can now meet up with another outdoors. This can be in one household’s garden, but physical distancing is still required.
  • From tomorrow (29 May), public outdoor spaces can now be used for recreational purposes, for example to sit in a park, sunbathe or have a picnic. Physical distancing between households should be maintained at all times.
  • From tomorrow (29 May), you can now travel short distances for outdoor leisure and exercise but should remain in your local area, suggested to be five miles from your house, although people are asked to use their judgement. People are encouraged to walk, wheel or cycle where possible.
  • From tomorrow (29 May), most outdoor workplaces to resume with physical distancing measures in place once guidance is agreed, including horticulture, landscaping and garden centres, forestry and environmental management. Associated cafes should not reopen at this stage except for take-away and physical distancing measures should be followed.
  • From tomorrow (29 May), food outlets, restaurants and cafes are able to provide delivery, take-away and drive-through food options in line with guidance and complying and safe physical distancing measures. However, non-essential shops, and pubs, restaurants and cafes - except for takeaway - must remain closed at this stage.
  • From tomorrow (29 May), unrestricted outdoor exercise and some non-contact outdoor activities within the local area – such as golf, outdoor tennis and angling – can resume provided physical distancing is followed. It does not mean that taking part will always be safe. You should use judgement and take part only if you can do so safely, maintaining physical distancing and not putting yourself or others at risk.

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