LiveNicola Sturgeon lockdown statement RECAP: First Minister sets out dates for reopening of retail and hospitality in Scotland

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Nicola Sturgeon gives her statements on the new routemap out of lockdown.

Nicola Sturgeon routemap out of lockdown statement RECAP

Last updated: Tuesday, 16 March, 2021, 14:29

All tourism accommodation will reopen from April 26

Ms Sturgeon said all tourism accommodation will be able to re-open from April 26, subject to any wider restrictions that remain in place.

She added that libraries, museums and galleries will also reopen from 26 April.

Work in people’s homes will resume from that date, as will driving lessons. Gyms are also expected to reopen then too.

Scotland expected to move to Level 3 on April 26

The First Minister told MSPs that she expects all of Scotland currently in Level 4 restrictions will move to a “modified” Level 3.

Island communities currently in Level 3 will have the option to move at that stage to Level 2, though ministers will discuss this with local officials in the next few weeks.

Ms Sturgeon also said that travel restrictions within mainland Scotland will be “lifted entirely” on April 26.

She added: “We hope that restrictions on journeys between Scotland and other parts of the UK and the wider common travel area can also be lifted, if not on 26 April, then as soon as possible thereafter.”

On-campus learning to restart in April

The First Minister said she expects more students in further education to return to on-campus learning from April 5.

She told MSPs: “Colleges will prioritise those students whose return is essential – including those who are most at risk of not completing their courses.

“That includes those who are taking qualifications in construction, engineering, hairdressing, beauty and related courses.”

Contact sports for 12 to 17-year-olds will also resume on that date.

Non-essential retail to reopen on April 5

Click and collect retail services will be permitted to reopen from April 5, along with garden centres, homeware stores, car showrooms and forecourts.

Ms Sturgeon also said she expected hairdresser and barber salons to reopen for appointments on that date too.

‘Stay at home’ rule to be lifted in April

The First Minister has announced the Scottish Government plans to lift the “stay at home” rule for Scots on April 2.

She said: “Initially, though we hope for no more than 3 weeks, ‘stay at home’ will be replaced by guidance to stay local - in other words, not to travel outside your own local authority area unless for an essential purpose.

People will also continue to be able to meet up outdoors, including in private gardens, in groups of no more than four from two households.

Care and caution in the face of this virus continues to be essential.

Nicola Sturgeon

Sturgeon to speak in next few minutes

The First Minister is due to speak after MSPs finish a round of topical questions directed at John Swinney.

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