Today (2 July), the First Minister confirmed further Phase 2 changes announced last week could be implemented over the weekend.
Self-contained accommodation will reopen from tomorrow (3 July) with outdoor hospitality returning from Monday (6 July).
Those forms of self-catering accommodation opening on 3 July must have no shared facilities (or none that are open) and be accessible via an external door – this is to lower the risk of transmission of the virus. This will mean that any flats and tenements let as accommodation which are only accessible through an internal shared space shouldn’t open until 15 July.
The guidance advising not to travel more than five miles for recreational or leisure purposes will also be lifted tomorrow (3 July), except in Dumfries & Galloway where an outbreak of the virus has been identified.
The First Minister gave an update on physical distancing requirements following the publication of scientific advice on the two metre rule. The general advice remained unchanged, with people asked to remain two metres away in order to reduce risk of spreading the virus and being contact traced.
However, certain premises will be allowed exemptions to reduce the distancing requirement to one metre where mitigations were in place, starting with the hospitality, retail and public transport sectors.
Mitigations will be dependent on the sector and could include improvements to ventilation, Perspex screens, seating plans, and the collecting of customers’ names and addresses to aid in contact tracing.
The First Minister hoped to have guidance in place before the reopening of the tourism sector on Wednesday 15 July and explained the two metre rule would remain in place until then. Premises which reduced to one metre distancing would be required to display guidance for customers.
The First Minister also announced that face coverings will become mandatory in shops from Friday 10 July, with exemptions for children under five and those with specific medical conditions.
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Delay to relaxation of restrictions in parts of Dumfries & Galloway
Following a cluster of COVID-19 cases in the Annan and Gretna areas of Dumfries & Galloway, restrictions to the distance people can travel for leisure purposes are to remain in place.
People in Scotland living in the postcode areas of DG16 (Gretna), DG12 (Annan), DG1 and DG2 (Dumfries), DG11 (Lockerbie), DG13 (Langholm) and DG14 (Canonbie) are being asked to travel no more than five miles while efforts to manage the outbreak continue. This advice does not apply to essential travel.
Holidaymakers from other areas who have booked self-catering accommodation in these postcodes are still able to take up their reservations but must adhere to these travel restrictions once they arrive.