Scotland aims to lift all major restrictions on 9 August

23 June 2021

If all necessary vaccination and harm reduction measures are met, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced, the whole of Scotland will move to Level 0 on 19 July.

From that date, physical distancing outdoors will be removed and physical distancing for indoor public areas will reduce to one metre if the data allows.

Given the reduced risk of outdoor transmission at this stage in the vaccination programme, limits on outdoor gatherings will also be removed on this date. If the necessary conditions on vaccination and harm reduction continue to be met, all major remaining Covid restrictions will then be lifted on 9 August.

“From 19 July, and then more substantially, from 9 August — assuming we are meeting our revised strategic aim of alleviating the harm of the virus — life should feel much less restricted for all of us,” Ms Sturgeon confirmed.

She emphasised that these are indicative dates but said that they will allow people to plan ahead with more clarity.

Up until now, the First Minister explained, the Scottish Government’s strategic intention has been to “suppress the virus to the lowest possible level and keep it there”.

From now, the aim will be to “suppress the virus to a level consistent with alleviating its harms while we recover and rebuild for a better future”.

“Ultimately,” she concluded, “we hope to remove the legal requirement for physical distancing — even though we may continue to advise people to think about safe distancing when interacting with people outside their close contact groups.”

Moving forward

From 28 June

  • suppliers and others employed at a wedding will no longer count towards the cap on attendance

  • a bride, groom and other designated persons accompanying them no longer required to wear face-coverings when walking down the aisle

  • live entertainment will be permitted at weddings

  • more than one household will be permitted to carry the coffin and/or take a cord at a funeral; crematoriums and churches can relay funeral services to outside areas.

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.