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TIER Updates

Message on behalf of TIER: COVID-19 update and Tourism Alliance (20 April)

Scotland to move to level 3 from Monday 26 April

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced further relaxation of restrictions across Scotland. From Monday 26 April, hospitality venues such as cafés, pubs and restaurants can reopen, along with tourist accommodation. Non-essential retail outlets and close contact services such as beauty salons can also reopen, in addition to indoor attractions and public buildings such as galleries, museums and libraries.

The First Minister confirmed that all parts of Scotland will move to Level 3 from Monday 26 April. The remaining travel restrictions within Scotland will be lifted and travel within the UK will be permitted for any purpose.

Further changes from 26 April include:

  • Gyms and swimming pools can reopen for individual exercise
  • The attendance limit for funerals and weddings – and related events such as receptions – will increase to 50
  • Cafés, pubs and restaurants can resume full outdoor service, subject to local licensing, and serve food indoors without alcohol until 8pm
  • Takeaways can resume normal service, with physical distancing and face masks in premises

The First Minister also said it is expected that all of Scotland will move to Level 2 on Monday 17 May.

The First Minister also announced that rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) tests will be made available to anyone in Scotland. From today, anyone planning travel to the Scottish islands next week can order a free home test kit online. The first test should be taken three days before travel and the second on the day of departure. From Monday, lateral flow home test kits will be available to anyone in the wider population who does not have COVID-19 symptoms.

Outdoor hospitality to reopen in Wales from Monday 26 April

First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed today that six people will be able to meet outdoors in Wales from Saturday 24 April while outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26 April. The current rule provides for up to six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) from a maximum of two households to meet outdoors. The new rules from Saturday will allow six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) to meet outdoors.

People should observe social distancing from people from outside their household or support bubble when meeting others outside. The rules for meeting indoors remain unchanged.

On Friday (23 April 2021), the First Minister will confirm further relaxations to the covid rules that will come into force on Monday 26 April 2021.

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