Travel within Scotland for outdoor socialising, recreation and exercise will be allowed from tomorrow.
People must continue to ‘stay local’ for other purposes such as non-essential shopping, and public transport capacity will continue to be limited.
Outdoor meetings in groups of up to six adults from up to six households will also be allowed from tomorrow, with under-12s not counting towards this limit. Socialising in homes is still not permitted.
This easing of restrictions has been brought forward as data shows continued progress on vaccination against Coronavirus and suppression of the virus.
Caution was urged by the First Minister to protect against resurgence of the virus as the latest easing was confirmed – people should take care to plan ahead with journeys and follow the FACTS advice when out and about.
Should data permit, the whole of Scotland will move to Level 3 from Monday, April 26, which will see a further easing of restrictions including the opening of shops, and gyms and indoor sport facilities for individual exercise. Pubs, cafes and restaurants will be able to reopen outdoors for groups of up to six people from up to six households with alcohol, and indoors for groups of up to six people from up to two households without alcohol until 8pm.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “We have made significant progress in reducing the number of new Covid cases, partly due to the success of the vaccination programme but also because so many people have stuck so well to the rules.”
However, she reminded those meeting up with friends and family from different parts of the country that these long-awaited reunions must still be outdoors – you cannot socialise in people’s homes.
She said: “Covid is in retreat in Scotland but it hasn’t gone away – it will come back if we allow it.
"So we must still exercise care and caution, continue to stick to the rules that are in place, work from home if you can and when you do leave the house, remember FACTS.”