Hairdressers, barbers, homeware shops and garden centres are reopening today in Scotland as Covid-19 restrictions on the economy have eased.
Non-essential click-and-collect services are also allowed to resume. However, like hairdressers and barbers these services can only operate by having staggered appointments.
It is the latest lockdown measure to be relaxed after the Scottish government lifted its ‘stay at home’ rule on Friday.
Outdoor contact sports for 12 to 17-year-olds can also start again. It is expected that all school pupils will return full-time after the Easter holidays. Those in secondary schools are currently operating under a blended learning system, meaning they are only physically in class part time.
College and University students will also be able to return to in-person teaching for practical subjects only after the Easter break.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney urged people to remember the virus is still circulating and to continue following the rules.
Mr Swinney said: “While it’s great news that garden centres and hairdressers are allowed to reopen, everyone needs to bear in mind that it doesn’t mean the virus has gone away.
“My message is simple – enjoy the latest relaxing of the rules but remember to look out for each other, too.”
The next easing of Covid-19 restrictions will be from the 26th of April, where it is expected that all of mainland Scotland will be placed into level three restrictions.
Until then the public are being urged to ‘stay local’ which means people should remain within their own local authority area for at least the next three weeks.