Scotland is set to take its first steps out of lockdown starting from next week, with the Government unveiling their route map to easing measures.
Phase one looks set to begin from May 28, the date on which the next review on lockdown legislation is due to take place.
Steps forward from this date are set to include the ability for people to meet others from outwith their household in an outdoor space, as long as they observe social distancing.
Under Scottish Government plans, schools will start back on August 11 but will mix home learning with in-school learning.
The route map document covers changes in the key areas of: Seeing family and friends; Getting around; Schools and childcare settings; Working or running a business; Shopping, eating out and drinking; Sport, culture and leisure; Community and public services; Gatherings and occasions; Health and Social Care.
VIEW THE GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT:Routemap
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Today I have set out details of Scotland’s route map through and out of the COVID-19 crisis.
“The current key public health guidance remains to stay at home except for essential purposes, but the route map provides information about how and when we might ease our lockdown restrictions while continuing to suppress the virus.
“The lockdown restrictions have been necessary to reduce and mitigate the massive harm caused by the COVID-19 virus, but the lockdown itself causes harm including loneliness and social isolation, deepening inequalities and damage to the economy. That is why I have set out the gradual and incremental phases by which we will aim to ease lockdown matched with careful monitoring of the virus.
“At every one of these stages, the biggest single factor in controlling the virus will be how well we continue to observe public health advice. Continued hand washing, cough hygiene and physical distancing will continue to be essential as will wearing a face covering where appropriate.
“By doing the right thing, all of us have helped to slow the spread of the virus, to protect the NHS, and to save lives and as a result we are able – gradually, cautiously, and in phases – to plan our move towards a new normality.”