What will Scotland's new Covid levels look like?

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From 26 April, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was expected all parts of Scotland currently in level 4 would move down to a "modified" level 3.

The island communities currently in level 3 will have the option to move at that stage to level 2 but this could have implications for travel and will be discussed further.

  • The new "modified" level 3 from 26 April would see cafes, pubs and restaurants allowed to open until 20:00 indoors (no alcohol) and 22:00 outdoors (alcohol permitted).
  • Up to four people from two households can socialise indoors in a public place such as a café or restaurant.
  • Up to six people from up to three households can socialise outdoors. All remaining retail premises and close contact services will re-open.
  • Gyms can open for individual exercise. Indoor attractions and public buildings such as galleries, museums and libraries could open. Funerals and weddings including post-funeral events and receptions can take place with up to 50 people (no alcohol).
  • From 17 May, it is hoped that all level 3 areas - or as many as possible - will move to level 2.
  • This will see hospitality venues open until 22:30 indoors (alcohol permitted, two-hour dwell time) and 22:00 outdoors (alcohol permitted).
  • Up to four people from two households can socialise indoors in a private home or public space. Cinemas, amusement arcades and bingo halls can reopen.
  • Outdoor adult contact sport and indoor group exercise can restart.
  • From early June, the ambition is for all of Scotland will move to level 1 - which will allow for a further easing of restrictions.
  • Up to six people from up to three households will be able to socialise indoors in a home or public place.
  • Up to eight people from three households can socialise outdoors. Eight 12-17 year olds can meet socially from eight households outdoors.
  • Hospitality can remain open until 23:00. Indoor non-contact sport can take place.
  • By the end of June, it is hoped that all of Scotland will move to at least level 0.
  • This could see a phased return of some office staff.
  • The Scottish government will be assessing the situation on an ongoing basis, with a view to restoring as much normality as possible.

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