Scotland and Wales announce easing of lockdown

Wales and Scotland have announced their roadmap out of lockdown.

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The Scottish government has announced that its stay at home regulations will be lifted on 2nd April and replaced with guidance to stay local, with more services including hairdressers, garden centres and non-essential click and collect services able to open from 5th April.

It says it hopes to lift all restrictions on journeys in mainland Scotland on 26th April and further easing is expected on 26th April including the reopening of all retail premises, libraries, museums and galleries and tourist accommodation and the reopening of the hospitality sector outdoors for the service of alcohol and potentially open indoors for non-alcohol service.

It hopes that on 17th May, groups of four people from two households will be able to socialise indoors in a private home, and that cinemas, amusement arcades and small scale outdoor and indoor events can restart with limits on capacity.

It is hoped that in early June Scotland will be able to move to Level 1 and by end of June to level 0.

The Scottish Government said grants of up to £7,500 for retailers and up to £19,500 for hospitality and leisure businesses would be paid in April to help businesses re-open progressively. These replace ongoing Strategic Framework Business Fund (SFBF) payments. Eligible businesses must have applied to the SFBF by 22nd March in order to receive these one-off payments.

Wales

Last week the Welsh government announced a relaxation of the lockdown, including a return to school for all primary school pupils and those in qualification years in secondary school.

From last Saturday, four people from two households have been able to meet outdoors to socialise, including in gardens, outdoor sports facilities have been able to reopen and indoor care home visits restarted for single designated visitors.

From this Monday, all primary pupils and those in qualifications years have returned to school. Schools will have the flexibility to bring year 10 and 12 learners back and more learners have been able to return to colleges. All students will return after the Easter holidays.

Hairdressers and barbers were able to re-open for appointments from Monday and from 22nd March non-essential retail will start re-opening gradually. Garden centres are also able to open. All shops, including all close contact services, will be able to open from 12th April – the same as in England.

The First Minister Mark Drakeford says Wales was taking a phased approach to unlocking each sector – starting with schools – and will monitor each step to see what impact it has on infection numbers.  He also announced an additional £150 million to support businesses affected by ongoing restrictions.



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