Today is the day non-essential retail, gyms, pubs, restaurants and tourist attractions can open across Scotland. after months of closed doors. It is a big day for many businesses.
Scottish Ministers say restrictions are safe to ease, as all vulnerable people have been offered their first COVID-19 vaccination. Today Scotland returns to an updated level system, putting mainland Scotland in Level Three.
Driving lessons and tests, close contact business such as nail salons, museums and libraries can also reopen today. Hospitality can open for indoor seating, however there are restrictions on group numbers, alcohol and closing times.
What level three means for you
- Meet in groups of up to 6 from 2 households in an indoor public place such as a café, pub or restaurant.
- Meet in groups of up to 6 from 6 households outdoors, in a private garden or a public place.
- Under 12s do not count towards the total number of people or households meeting outside, but do count towards the household numbers indoors.
- You can travel anywhere in Scotland.
- You should not go into someone’s house except for certain reasons, such as joining your extended household or caring for a vulnerable person.
- you can provide informal childcare – eg looking after your grandchild.
- 50 people can attend funerals and weddings.
- Non essential work can resume inside people’s homes.
Travel Across Edinburgh
Buses across Lothian will also see a vast change today, to support the easing restrictions and coincide with reopening hospitality. They said in a statement,
“From Sunday 25 April there will be improved reliability and increased frequency across Edinburgh and the Lothians.”
Additional buses during the day on services 3, 8, 19, 21, 43 and 47 will go ahead, with increased evening services Monday-Saturday on services 11, 14, 16, 22 and 26.
Remembering to be careful
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says that today is a day to be excited about, but urges this,
“…Even as we enjoy those moments, we still need to be careful. We must remember the virus is more infectious now than it was when bars and cafés were last open, so we must still stick to the rules. However, we are hopeful of seeing sustained progress in the weeks and months ahead.”