Wed 14 Jul 21
The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has confirmed that the whole of Scotland will move to level zero from Monday 19 July, but this was still a time for continued caution. The First Minister also highlighted that there would be modifications to the original plans for level zero to ensure a sensible easing of restrictions.
If the necessary conditions on vaccination and harm reduction continue to be met, all major remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted on 9 August.
Scottish Government is in the process of updating the tourism and hospitality guidance to ensure that there is information related to recent announcements for businesses. In the meantime, there’s a lot to absorb and there are critical updates for the tourism and accommodation sector in this article. Read more on:
We'll move beyond level zero when we meet the ‘gateway condition’ – which is all over-40s having been vaccinated and assuming we are meeting the revised strategic aim of alleviating the harm of the virus (expected around 9 August, but subject to confirmation nearer the time).
When we move beyond level zero and therefore out of the levels framework, almost all COVID-19 restrictions will be removed for businesses and individuals. This will mean that all businesses can reopen and can operate without restrictions on physical distancing. For example, this will also mean that weddings can take place with dancing and singing and mingling as before the pandemic.
From the indicative date of 9 August, there will be no household / number caps and physical distancing requirements will also be removed. This will mean that tourist accommodation will be able to operate on a more ‘business as normal basis’ albeit with appropriate hygiene and ventilation measures.
Please note that these dates are indicative and are dependent on the necessary conditions on vaccination and harm reduction being met.
We will however have to live with the virus for some time to come, so Scottish Government will be asking people to stick to a set of baseline measures to stop the virus resurging and to protect those who do not have protection from vaccination. The baseline measures which are expected to be retained beyond level zero include:
There are also likely to be targeted restrictions on overseas travel beyond level zero. However, restrictions will be kept in place only for as long as necessary to respond to the threat of importation. These restrictions are reviewed regularly and will be relaxed when it is safe to do so.
Scottish Government colleagues will work with business organisations and sector teams to ensure effective guidance is in place and further detail provided on baseline measures prior to our move beyond level zero.
Read the full statement from the First Minister. Regulations will be updated on Thursday 15 July ahead of the changes coming into effect on Monday 19 July.
Information from https://www.visitscotland.org/news/2021/fm-announcement-13-july