Next steps out of lockdown
The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has confirmed further relaxation of restrictions across Scotland from Monday 17 May, with the exception of Moray Speyside which will likely remain in level three.
People will be able to hug their loved ones and meet in private homes as most of mainland Scotland moves to level two and the islands (except Skye, Arran and Bute) to level one, with eased restrictions on hospitality, entertainment, education and sport.
Key changes include:
- Mainland Scotland (excluding Moray Speyside) will move to level two.
- The Western Isles, Shetland, Orkney, all islands in Highland, except Skye (which will move to level two), and the Inner Hebrides islands in Argyll – including Islay, Jura and Mull – will move to level one.
- You can meet socially in groups of up to:
- Six people from three households in your home or theirs – and can stay overnight and includes self-catering accommodation.
- Six people from three households in an indoor public place like a café, pub or restaurant (eight and three for the islands in level one).
- Eight people from eight households outdoors (twelve and twelve for the islands in level one).
- You can travel anywhere in Scotland in levels zero, one or two but must not enter a level three or four area unless for a permitted reason
- You can travel to England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands – before you travel you must check the travel rules in those countries
- Up to 50 people can attend weddings and funerals (100 for the islands in level one).
What does this mean for events?
Outdoor seated and open space events are advised to operate with a maximum capacity of 500 people (1,000 for islands in level one).
Outdoor grouped standing events are advised to operate with a maximum capacity of 250 people (500 for islands in level one).
Small seated indoor events are advised to operate with a maximum of 100 people (200 for islands in level one).