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Route map for moving out of lockdown - Phase 3

Scotland officially moved to Phase 3 on Friday, July 10, 2020.

Lockdown restrictions have been reinstated in Aberdeen City as of Wednesday, August 5. Non-essential travel to the city from Aberdeenshire should be avoided until further notice. View more information about the impact of the Aberdeen City lockdown published by the Scottish Government.

Changes from Friday, July 10

  • Up to three households will be able to meet indoors for the first time - up to a maximum of eight people; meanwhile, up to five different households to a maximum of 15 people will from tomorrow be able to meet outdoors
  • A household can meet up to four other households per day in total; two metre distancing between households should continue, with heightened hygiene measures to avoid creating bridges which allow the virus to spread
  • Mandatory face coverings will be required in shops - physical distancing of two metres remains the law, however on public transport and in retail settings exceptions will be allowed once appropriate mitigations are in place

Changes from Monday, July 13

  • Organised outdoor play and contact sports can resume for children and young people under 18 (subject to guidance)
  • Non-essential shops inside shopping centres can re-open
  • Dental practices can see registered patients for ‘non-aerosol’ procedures

Changes from Wednesday, July 15

  • Indoor restaurants, cafes and pubs will be able to re-open
  • Hospitality venues can be granted an exception to the 2 metre distancing requirement, however this requires mitigating measures in place such as clear information for customers, revised seating plans, and all hospitality venues are required to record contact details of customers to support Test and Protect
  • All holiday accommodation can re-open
  • Childcare sector, hairdressers and barbers can reopen
  • Museums, galleries, cinemas and libraries can reopen with strict physical distancing and for many of these facilities advanced ticketing will be required
  • Places of worship can re-open for communal prayer, congregational service and contemplation with limited attendance numbers and physical distancing - specific guidance is being finalised with faith communities

Changes from Friday, July 24

People in the shielding group can choose to:

  • Meet indoors with up to eight people from two other households per day, with physical distancing
  • Meet outdoors with up to 15 people from four other households outdoors per day, with physical distancing
  • Use public transport wearing a face covering
  • Go to outdoor spaces in pubs and restaurants
  • Use formal childcare providers – this does not apply to children who are shielding
  • Go inside shops and leisure venues wearing a face covering including:
           o shops, pharmacies and indoor markets
           o hairdressers, barbers and other personal retail services
           o museums, galleries, libraries, cinemas and other visitor attractions

Changes from Saturday, August 1

From Saturday, August 1, the Scottish Government expects that it will be safe enough for those shielding to:

  • Go inside pubs and restaurants
  • Attend places of worship for congregational services, communal prayer and contemplation
  • Return to work or school
  • Return to university or college as part of the phased return to campus

The Scottish Government has produced a document which list examples of everyday activities that are low risk and higher risk. View the quick guide to risk (pdf 116KB).

Changes from Monday, August 3

  • Routine eyecare services, including eye tests, can resume
  • Counselling services, such as drug and alcohol support groups, can resume providing essential services
  • Sports coaches will be able to meet with more than four households in a single day, and guidance for larger groups will be announced soon

Changes from Monday, August 17

A wider range of dental care will be able to resume, including aerosol-generating procedures for urgent dental care.

Changes to council services

Changes to council services will follow the stages outlined above. You can find further information via the Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page as it becomes available.

Other matters

Restrictions on attendance at services and ceremonies for funerals, weddings and civil partnerships will be eased, although full-scale gatherings are still not permitted and some mitigation measures will remain.

The five principles behind the FACTS campaign remain a priority:

  • Face coverings
  • Avoid crowded spaces
  • Clean hands and surfaces
  • Two metre distancing
  • Self-isolation if you have symptoms