Phase 2 of easing out of lockdown in Scotland is to be ‘phased’ in and it gets slightly complicated so here at The Orkney News we have put together a timeline.
All of this depends on the R number (rate of transmission) remaining low. Up to the 4th June, R in Scotland was estimated to be between 0.6 & 0.8. It also depends on measures being put in place by shops/businesses to limit infection and on people continuing to observe strict personal hygiene.
What remains the same
2m physical distancing
Travel only within your local area (5miles) except to visit family and/or shop for essential supplies
People are also asked to continue to work from home where that is possible.
Friday 19th of June
People shielding can:
- take part in non-contact outdoor activities
- meet members of another household outdoors (not more than 8 people)
Those not shielding can:
meet 2 other households, outdoors (not more than 8 people)
go indoors to use their toilet facilities (unless they are in the shielding category)
Single persons & single parents with children
can form an extended household with another single person/parent
Monday 22nd June
Face coverings mandatory on all public transport: planes, ferries, buses taxis
Places of worship open for individual attendance only
Construction sector returns
Dental practices open to see patients with urgent care needs
Professional sport re-opens
Some college and university staff return
Monday 29th of June
Indoor non-office workplaces re-open
House moves can begin
Public gardens and zoos re-open to local visitors
Outdoor sports courts re-open
Children’s playgrounds re-open
Marriages and civil partnerships take place with limitations
Street access shops only can re-open
Outdoor markets can re-open
Chronic disease and some screening services start up
Essential optometry and ophthalmology services can being to start up.
Successful implementation of Phase 2 will enable Scotland to move to Phase 3. All of this is subject to change should the spread of the disease start to rise again. The Scottish Government is also looking at mandatory face coverings in shops but the advice now is to wear one when shopping except for very young children and those with respiratory problems.