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More normality if progress continues

23rd June 2021 – Statement from the First Minister

The whole of Scotland will move to Level 0 on 19 July if all necessary vaccination and harm reduction measures are met.

Current levels will remain in place for the next three weeks with a review taking place on 13 July although some changes, such as minor relaxations to rules on events such as weddings and funerals will come into place on 28 June.


During a statement to Parliament, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also confirmed that from 19 July physical distancing outdoors will be removed and physical distancing for indoor public areas will reduce to one metre if the data allows. Limits on outdoor gatherings will also be removed on this date given the reduced risk of outdoor transmission at this stage in the vaccination programme.

Review of physical distancing can be found here.

Anticipated changes from 19 July

  • celebrations of life events such as christenings, bar mitzvahs and anniversaries will be permitted to take place under similar guidelines as weddings and funerals
  • different households will be able to share a bedroom in tourist accommodation

Please see the statement referring to the above here. 

The following vaccinations milestones have been set:

  • 18th July – All adults first dose
  • 26th July – Second doses to ages 40 – 49
  • 20th August – Second doses to ages 30 – 39
  • 12th September – all adults second doses

What does it mean to be in Level 0?

  • 8 people from 4 households in your home or theirs – and can stay overnight
  • 10 people from 4 households in an indoor public place like a café, pub or restaurant
  • Organised outdoor events 15 people from 15 households outdoors
  • Informal gatherings (in gardens for example) it is anticipated there will be no limit
  • under 12s do not count towards the total number of people or households meeting outside but count towards the household numbers indoors

Some measures are expected to continue beyond Level 0 including:

  • good hand hygiene and surface cleaning
  • continued promotion of good ventilation
  • a requirement for face coverings in certain settings (e.g. public transport and retail)
  • continued compliance with Test and Protect, including self-isolation when necessary
  • an ongoing need for outbreak management capability, including active surveillance
  • a greater degree of working from home than pre COVID-19 where this is possible and appropriate based on business and employee choice

The First Minister stated that subject to conditions and harm reduction being met “that it would be possible and proportionate to lift the major remaining legal restrictions on 9 August.”

Current UK Travel Restrictions

Travel is only allowed to the following areas for permitted reasons:
Blackburn with Darwen, Bolton, Manchester and Salford

See further information here regarding travel restrictions

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