What you need to know to stay safe
Today, the First Minister has outlined how we are to move into phase one of Scotland’s four phase route map out of lockdown.
The good news is that we begin that process tomorrow. I know that you will welcome this, but it is important to understand fully what the small changes to the lockdown rules are and for each of us to continue to follow those rules.
Throughout phase one, it remains vital to respect the guidance, to continue respecting the personal space of other people, and to keep in mind that things are not back to normal and that things should not feel like normal.
A full note on the Scottish Government guidance can be accessed on the Scottish Government website. Below is a summary of today’s announcement.
Although we have started on the path out of lockdown it is important that you continue to stay at home as much as possible. Lockdown has been modified slightly, but it is by no means over. This virus hasn’t gone away and we must all take care to protect ourselves and our families.
Remember that social distancing must remain. Stay at least 2 metres away from people outside your household, continue to wash your hands regularly, and wear a face covering in shops and on public transport.
We are only able to take these small steps forward now because of your adherence to the rules. I do not underestimate the personal sacrifices you are making through lockdown and thank you for your efforts. If we all continue to stick to the rules, then hopefully we can look forward to moving towards phase two sooner rather than later.
From today (Thursday 28th May)
Test and Protect is now in place across Scotland. This is Scotland’s way of putting into practice the ‘test, trace, isolate, support’ strategy. If you start showing any symptoms of coronavirus—that is a high temperature or fever, a new continuous cough, or a loss of, or change in sense of smell or taste— then you should visit the NHS Inform website to book a test immediately.
From tomorrow (Friday 29th May)
Business and public services
- Most outdoor work can resume.
- The construction industry can begin site preparation.
- Garden centres and plant nurseries can reopen some of their services.
- Drive through food outlets are no longer being discouraged to remain closed.
- Non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants & cafes—except for takeaway—must remain closed.
- Household waste recycling centres can reopen from Monday. Exact arrangements for Argyll and Bute will be confirmed by the Council. Do not travel to a centre before checking https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/coronavirus-help-and-advice
- Other business premises should remain closed unless they are providing essential goods and services.
- All businesses should continue to allow staff to work from home wherever possible.
Sport and recreation
- Some non-contact outdoor leisure activity will be allowed to restart, for example golf, tennis, bowls, and fishing.
- You can sit and sunbathe in parks & open areas.
- You can travel—preferably active travel such as cycling or walking—to a location near your local community for leisure & recreation. This should be no more than 5 miles from your home. You should stay within or close to local area and not use public transport unless absolutely necessary.
- You can meet with another household outdoors, for example in a park or a private garden. You should not be meeting multiple households at the same time and this should only be in small groups, the total number of people being no more than eight.
- You don’t have to pick just only one household to meet with during phase one, but you can only meet with one other household at a time and the strong advice is to limit this to one other household per day.
- You should continue to stay at least 2 metres away from others who are not members of your household and avoid touching the same hard surfaces. For example, if meeting for a barbecue, each household should have its own cutlery, plates, etc.
- If visiting another household it is vital that you don’t go indoors. Think practically—don’t visit another house if you think there’s a risk of you needing to enter their house to use their toilet for instance.
- Do not hug or touch people who are not part of your household. This is really difficult, but it is really crucial that social distancing remains in place at this time. Full guidance on this distancing is available on the Scottish Government’s website.
From Monday 1st June
Education and childcare
- Teachers and staff will be able to enter schools to prepare for the reopening of schools in August.
From Wednesday 3rd June
Education and childcare
- Childcare will be available for larger numbers of children who most require it, for example vulnerable children and children of essential workers.
- Childminding services and fully outdoor nursery provision can take place, but there continues to be limits on the number of children which can be cared for.
Other changes during phase one
- Some key public services such as some respite care, children hearings and some key heath programmes will restart work.