Last reviewed 14 July 2021

After the announcement that most Covid restrictions in England would be lifted on 19 July (see Emphasis on “personal responsibility” as restrictions ease , Scotland is set to follow suit — although it will retain a number of public health measures.

Confirming the change to Level 0 on 19 July, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged people to adhere to “protective measures and sensible precautions” in order to help create conditions that will allow Scotland to move beyond Level 0 on 9 August.

Changes from 19 July

She confirmed that, physical distancing in Level 0 will reduce to one metre in all indoor public settings and outdoors. Additionally, informal social gatherings of up to 15 people from 15 households will be permitted outdoors without physical distancing.

Gatherings of up to 10 people from four households will be permitted in all indoor public settings, with one metre physical distancing.

In addition, under-12s will no longer count towards the number of households that can gather indoors in public spaces and homes, while hospitality settings can open till midnight, if their current licence permits.

Customers will no longer be required to pre-book a two-hour slot to go to a pub or restaurant, Ms Sturgeon continued, but will still be required to provide contact details to assist Test & Protect.

Up to 200 people will be able to gather at weddings and funerals.

Where Prime Minister Boris Johnson had urged a steady return to the workplace, however, the First Minister said that employers should continue to support homeworking where possible until Scotland moves beyond Level 0.

“While Scotland will move to Level 0 from next Monday,” she said, “we will do so with certain modifications to our original indicative plans. This is intended to ensure that our pace of easing restrictions is sensible in light of the challenge we continue to face from the Delta variant.”

Certain measures will for the time being be kept in place, Ms Sturgeon concluded, such as the requirement to wear face coverings, co-operate with test and protect teams and comply with advice on good hygiene and ventilation.

She will provide a further update to Parliament in the week before the next review date on 9 August. The full text of her statement can be foundhere.