Nicola Sturgeon’s phase 3 lockdown easing – all the changes you can expect to see

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Restrictions on restaurants, outdoor sport, shopping centres and social gatherings are due to be lifted this month.

Phase three of Scotland’s lockdown is expected to go ahead with changes to social distancing and exceptions to the two-metre rule, confirmed by Nicola Sturgeon today.

Beer gardens are opening from July 6 and the five-mile travel rules ends this week.

If everything goes to plan, there will be more significant changes to socialising with friends and family. As phase two comes to and end, here is everything you can look forward to in the coming weeks in our run down of the Scottish Government’s indicative dates.

What is coming in phase three?

July 10 : People can meet in extended groups outdoors.

Households can meet indoors with up to two other households.

July 13 : Organised outdoor contact sports can resume for children, subject to guidance.

Non-essential shops inside shopping centres can reopen with appropriate safety. Shops with doors to the street are already allowed to open.

Dental practices can see registered patients for “non aerosol” care.

Optometry practices can offer emergency and essential eye care.



Hairdressers are already back to work in Dublin.

July 15 : Hairdressers and barbers can finally get back to work.

All holiday accommodation permitted for tourism.

Indoor hospitality, including pubs, can open with strict physical distancing.

Hairdressers and barbers, with enhanced hygiene, can open.

Museums, galleries, cinemas and libraries with advanced ticketing and physical distancing.

Childcare providers can open.

What are the next steps?

More details for changes beyond July 23 will be revealed at the Scottish Government’s July 9 review.

This will cover non-essential offices and call centres and a phased return for universities and colleges.

Places of worship could reopen to congregations while restrictions can ease for attending funerals, marriages and civil partnerships.

Further public health advice will be taken on live events outdoors and indoors, gyms, personal retail, nightclubs, theatres and bingo halls.

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