Last reviewed 12 May 2021

First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has confirmed that the next step of the roadmap out of lockdown will take place on Monday 17 May in Scotland as planned.

The vast majority of mainland Scotland can move to level 2 from Monday 17 May as planned, with some exceptions. This means that, from next Monday, the following will take effect:

  • alcohol can be served within indoor hospitality until 10:30pm — previously, this was not permitted and indoor serving of anything had to cease at 8:30pm

  • many indoor venues can reopen with restrictions, including cinemas, theatres, snooker halls and bingo halls. Colleges and universities have more freedom to return to face-to-face teaching

  • a traffic light system for international travel will be introduced, which will run in the same way as England but may have slightly different countries on each list.

Moray, which currently has four times the rate of cases than the rest of the country, is highly likely to remain in level 3, something that will be confirmed later this week. If this occurs, travel restrictions in and out of this area will be temporarily re-introduced.

Additionally, island communities, with the exception of the Isle of Skye, can move down to level 1 from 17 May. Travel to and from them from the mainland is still permitted.

Going forward, a review is to take place as to whether physical distancing can be relaxed in businesses to some degree. We expect further information on this in three weeks’ time. For now, people across the country should continue to work from home if they can.

Mainland Scotland is currently expected to move down to level 1 from 7 June, if the data allows.