More lockdown restrictions being lifted – here’s what can open from today

More lockdown restrictions will be lifted in Scotland from today (15 July) as lockdown restrictions continue to be lifted by the Scottish Government.

Perhaps the most significant is the opening of all holiday accommodation. Self-catering was first on 3 July, now it’s the turn of hotels and B&Bs. Bars and restaurants can also now offer indoor hospitality. Many have created beer gardens and pavement cafe’s to start bringing customers back in. In some cases, these have been so popular that they could become a regular feature.

You are advised to check before travelling as some establishments won’t necessarily open today, and many will still have restrictions in place. The Cluny Bank Hotel on St Leonard’s Road for example is waiting until 3 August before it opens to the public, and it will have limited opening hours to separate visitors from non-residents.

Here’s what else CAN open today:

  • All holiday accommodation is allowed to reopen
  • Indoor hospitality can resume with social distancing
  • Hairdressers and barbers can reopen
  • Museums, galleries, cinemas and libraries can reopen
  • All childcare providers are permitted to be open
  • Places of worship can reopen for communal prayer but numbers will be limited
  • Restrictions will be eased on attendance at funerals and wedding ceremonies

Richard Lochhead MSP said: “I know that lots of us will be looking forward to getting hair cuts and visiting our favourite restaurants, but please remember to do safely and to follow public health guidance.”

The guidance from the Scottish Government is:

  • Wear your face covering in shops, on transport, or in enclosed spaces
  • Avoid crowded places
  • Clean your hands and surfaces regularly
  • Keep your distance – stay 2m apart
  • Self isolate and book at test if you have any symptoms

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