Gyms and swimming pools will have to wait until mid September as the First Minister outlines a cautious approach for the next steps.
Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland is not ready to move to phase four as hoped in her earlier “route map” out of lockdown.
The First Minister said the focus on getting pupils back to school safely, and relaxing the rules on shielding, meant there will be disappointment elsewhere.
The decision comes with the backdrop of concerns for new clusters of the virus and increased infection in some other European countries.
Here is everything you need to know as Nicola Sturgeon confirmed Scotland is not ready to leave phase three for “some time to come”.
From August 1, people who have been shielding can return to work and children will be able to go to school as previous restrictions are “paused”. This group are being reminded to take precautions with additional hand hygiene and the use of face coverings. A Scottish Government guide has been published to help employers and staff ensure a safe return. Nicola Sturgeon said the rules will be kept under review.
As expected, primary and secondary pupils will be back full-time from August 11, and no later than August 18 if some schools adopt a phased approach in the first week. See our full Q&A on getting back to school HERE.
The limit on daily household limits for sport coaching is being relaxed from August 3. Organised contact sports for all ages outdoors are expected to resume from August 24, subject to a further review.
However, there is bad news for everyone hoping to get to the gym. Indoor premises are not expected to reopen before September 14. This indicative date will be kept under review, and Nicola Sturgeon said she will try to pull if forward if health advice allows.
Indoor swimming pools will also have to wait for a further review and are not expected to open before September 14.
Also waiting for further guidance are indoor soft play for children, indoor sports courts including dance studios and skating.
Children may be able to get back to indoor sports earlier than adults, but it is being reviewed in September.
Sports stadiums will be able to have limited reopening with physical distancing and restricted numbers from the indicative date of September 14.
Urgent dental care involving aerosols, such as drilling, can start for NHS patients from August 17.
From August 3, routine eye care services can be provided at optometrists and in patients’ homes.
A range of entertainment premises should be able to get back to business from August, 24, but this will be kept under review before confirmation for individual sectors.
Bingo, static and travelling funfairs, amusement arcades and casinos, pool halls and indoor bowling are all pencilled in for reopening.
Non-essential offices and call centres still do not have a date for re-opening. It is not anticipated they will be able to open before September 10. Even then, working from home will remain the “default position”. Sturgeon said she wants to avoid a “start-stop” situation with premises opening then having to close down again.
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