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On 21 May, the Scottish Government published a strategy outlining the next steps to lift the Coronavirus restrictions in Scotland.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making – Scotland's route may through and out of the crisis is available here

The document outlines 4 phases of easing of restrictions. There are no fixed dates to indicate when we will enter a new phase, it will be dependent upon a variety of factors, including the R number, which is being used to measure the rate of spread of COVID-19 throughout the population.

When will restrictions be eased?

Any changes to the lockdown status in Scotland only occur if the Scottish Government are satisfied that there is sufficient evidence that transmission of COVID-19 is being controlled and there is a sustained decline in new infections, COVID-19 related admissions to hospital, and deaths attributed to COVID19 for at least 3 weeks.

There are no ‘start dates’ to each phase of recovery, but the Scottish Government will review the plan every three weeks as a minimum.  The initial dates for these reviews include Thursday 28 May, Thursday 18 June, Thursday 9 July and Thursday 30 July. The Government have stated they will review the plan before the three-week deadline if required.

The Scottish Government have stated that the speed that we enter new phases will be determined by evidence and if the disease risk is deemed to increase at any stage, it is possible to move back a phase to reduce this risk. It is possible that changes to restrictions may be apply regionally or nationally.

Is there specific guidance for some businesses?

As lockdown restrictions ease, some sectors and businesses will need to adopt different practices to open. The Scottish Government has issued sector specific guidance to detail the changes which will need to be implemented. Guidance of note includes:


What are the phases?

There are 4 phases to easing lockdown in Scotland. Scotland is currently in Phase 2 of lockdown restrictions.  It is possible to move back to earlier phases if the number of COVID-19 increases. This may happen regionally or nationally.

Information about the phases are included in the route map, available here


When will schools return?

Subject to evidence and progress of the epidemic, pupils are set to return to school from Tuesday 11 August on a part-time basis.  

Pupils are anticipated to return under a slightly different model with a blended approach of part-time in-school and part-time in-home learning. Public health measures and physical distancing measures will be in place.

Your local council’s website carries the latest updates on school closures caused by the Coronavirus.

  • Check your local authority school update here

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