This is when Nicola Sturgeon’s next lockdown review is taking place - and when phase 3 could begin in Scotland

Scotland looks set ot move into phase three of its lockdown strategy (Getty Images)
Scotland looks set ot move into phase three of its lockdown strategy (Getty Images)

Scotland could soon be set to move into phase three of its lockdown exit strategy. 

At a press briefing on Thursday 9 July, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will outline whether the coronavirus rate of infection is at a low enough level for the country to progress from phase two of the plan.

Indicative dates currently in place suggest that the country could be set to allow meeting indoors with up to two other households, as well as the reopening of barbers and hairdressers. 

Here’s how phase three could pan out if indicative dates stay in place - these are, of course, subject to change.

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10 July: Meeting groups widened

According to expected dates outlined by the Scottish Government last month, people will be able to meet in extended groups outdoors, with physical distancing, from 10 July. 

The government also indicated that households will be able to meet indoors with up to a maximum of two other households, again with physical distancing measures in place. 

13 July: Dental practices and optometrists reopen

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Three days later, on July 13, it is expected that outdoor contact sports will be allowed to resume, but only between children and young people. 

Dental practices could also begin to receive their first patients on these dates, but only for non-aerosol treatment, while optometrists would allow patients to receive emergency and essential eye care.

Non-essential shops inside shopping centres would also be allowed to reopen from this date, but with strict physical distancing measures in place. 

15 July: Holiday accommodation and indoor hospitality reopens

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From 15 July, it is hoped that the tourism and hospitality industries can continue their reopening process. 

According to current plans, all holiday accommodation would be allowed to reopen from July 15, so long as relevant guidance is followed. 

Restaurants, bars and cafes would be allowed to serve customers inside from this date, also, subject to physical distancing rules and public health advice

Hairdressers and barbers can return to work from this date with enhanced  with enhanced hygiene measures

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Museums, galleries, cinemas, monuments, libraries will also reopen with physical distancing and further measures – such as advanced ticketing – in place. 

All childcare providers can open, subject to individual provider arrangements.

23 July and beyond

The government has also outlined a series of steps that could be taken during phase three, but have yet to earmark them with an indicative date. It said that the following measures would not likely be in place before 23 July:

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  • Non-essential offices and call centres reopening, following implementation of relevant guidance, but working from home and working flexibly will remain the default
  • A phased return for universities and colleges, with blended model of remote learning and limited on-campus learning, where a priority
  • Places of worship to reopen with congregational services, communal prayer and contemplation, but with limited numbers
  • A loosening of restrictions on attendance at funerals, marriages and civil partnerships, but with limited numbers till allowed to attend.

Reopening dates for indoor gyms, live events and other entertainment venues could be provided during the 9 July update.