These are the restrictions set to change in Scotland from 28 May - from seeing family to schools reopening

An easing of restrictions could begin from 28 May (Photo: Getty Images)An easing of restrictions could begin from 28 May (Photo: Getty Images)
An easing of restrictions could begin from 28 May (Photo: Getty Images)

While the “stay at home” message still remains in Scotland, lockdown measures could soon be relaxed as the government approaches its next review.

The Scottish Government must review the current rules every three weeks, with the next update due to take place on 28 May.

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Any amendments to the current rules will then be made “within days” of the review, the First Minister has said, providing the country continues to make progress in its handling of the virus outbreak.

As such, an easing of restrictions could begin from 28 May.

What restrictions will be eased in Phase 1?

The next lockdown review in Scotland will consider evidence of transmission being controlled, with the R number required to be below one for at least three weeks and the number of infectious cases starting to decline before any changes are made.

Scotland is set to move to Phase 1 of its four-phase plan following the 28 May end-of-cycle review of coronavirus regulations, providing the evidence supports it.

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The current assumption for Scotland is that phase one of easing lockdown will likely include the following measures:

Seeing family and friends

Regulations could be changed to permit people to use public outdoor spaces for recreational purposes, such as to sit in a public space.

One household may also be allowed to meet up with another household outdoors, in small numbers, including in gardens, but with social distancing required.

Changes to travel

Where home working is not possible, businesses and organisations are encouraged to manage travel demand through staggered start times and flexible working patterns.

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Travelling short distances for outdoor leisure and exercise will also be permitted, but people are advised to stay within a short distance of their local community and travel by walk, wheel and cycle where possible.

International border health measures are also set to be introduced.

Reopening of schools

Schools will reopen on 11 August, but children will return to a "blended model" where they will do a mix of school and home learning.

Teachers will return to schools in June, with transition support being given to children going into Primary 1, or moving from primary to secondary schools.

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Working or running a business

Remote working will remain the default position for those who can.

For those workplaces that are reopening, employers should encourage staggered start times and flexible working.

Outdoor workplaces could resume with physical distancing measures in place, once guidance is agreed.

Preparations will also be made for the safe reopening of the housing market.

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Shopping, eating and drinking out

There will be a gradual opening of drive through food outlets, as well as the re-opening of garden centres and plant nurseries with physical distancing.

Associated cafes, such as in garden centres, should not reopen at this stage except for takeaway.

Sport, culture and leisure activities

Unrestricted outdoors exercise that adheres to distancing measures and non-contact outdoor activities in the local area, such as golf, hiking, canoeing, outdoor swimming and angling, is to be allowed.

Community and public services

There will be a gradual resumption of key support services in the community, including restarting face-to-face Children's Hearings and greater direct contact for social work and support services with at risk groups and families.

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Household Waste Recycling Centres may also reopen, along with court and tribunal buildings, with limited business and public access.

Gatherings and occasions

No public gatherings, except for meetings of two households outdoors with physical distancing, will be allowed.

Health and Social Care

The safe restart of NHS services, covering primary, and community services including mental health, will begin.

The government expects to roll out the NHS Pharmacy First Scotland service in community pharmacies and increase care offered at emergency dental hubs, as practices prepare to open.

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There will be a resumption of IVF treatment, following the approval of Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and an increase in provision of emergency eyecare in the community.

The Test and Protect system will also be available across the country.