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Shops with access to the street can reopen from Monday

Shops with street access and some workplaces such as factories reopen following the loosening of Scotland’s foreclosure.

Small weddings and civil partnerships can now take place outdoors and zoos and safari parks can reopen, but only for visitors who live nearby.

The easing of restrictions is the first time many stores have customers since the Scottish government took effect on March 23.

The playgrounds are also being reopened.

Monday’s rules easing part of Scottish government’s phase two “route map” without locking.

Other restrictions are expected to be lifted later this week.

Despite the change, the government has urged people to continue following the guidelines on social distancing, and Scotland’s national clinical director, Professor Jason Leitch, has said that buyers should wear a face cover inside stores.

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Buyers are encouraged to wear face masks in stores

Shops of all sizes can reopen – but only if they have exterior entrances and exits.

Covered shopping centers should remain closed for the time being, except when they contain essential stores.

Foreign markets can also open up.

“Not the day after Christmas sales”

Scotland’s national clinical director, Professor Leitch, said, “I can’t wait for people to go to the shops and support local businesses, but I want them to do it with face covers, with physical distances, with patience, so that they only enter stores when there is room to do so.

“I think people now understand the nature of opening a store.

“It did not return to normal. It is not the day after Christmas sales.”

Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop said that the reopening of stores was an “important step” towards the recovery of the economy, which had been “severely affected”.

“When the main street reopens, we make it clear that buyers are welcome on their local street as long as they shop safely and observe key safety messages such as wearing face covers. “

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The force of closing in March had pushed Blair Drummond Safari Park “to a financial cliff”

Health care facilities such as optometry practices are also now able to see patients face to face for emergency and essential eye care.

Many practices continued to provide remote support to patients during lockout and throughout the first phase, but may now resume seeing patients in person.

“Delighted to open”

Factories, warehouses, laboratories and research facilities are among the workplaces that can reopen, provided that guidelines on social distancing measures are in place.

But nonessential offices and call centers must wait for phase three before they can reopen to staff.


The playgrounds have been closed since the end of March

It is now also possible to visit the outdoor sports grounds and children’s play areas.

Outdoor tourist attractions such as zoos and safari parks, as well as gardens may reopen, but only for local access – “largely within five miles” – until further restrictions are eased in early July .

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), owner of the Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park, as well as the owners of the Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling, had requested a reopening date before the end of June.

The safari park said the multi-month closure had “pushed him to a financial cliff”.

RZSS had warned that missing the start of the summer season could cause it to lose a total of £ 500,000 in funding for its sites in five weeks – £ 400,000 at the Edinburgh Zoo and £ 100,000 at the Highland Wildlife Park near Aviemore in the Cairngorms .

Outdoor weddings

David Field, CEO of RZSS, said the company was “thrilled” to be able to reopen its attractions.

He said: “Safety comes first, and it is important that everyone follows government directions to protect themselves and others.

“At the moment, the current guidelines require everyone to stay in their region and define it globally within a five-mile radius.

“We are delighted to learn that from July 3, the travel rules could be relaxed to allow people from further afield to visit as well.”

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People can get married outside and move

Weddings and civil partnerships are now allowed outside, in limited numbers.

Registrars can open for high priority tasks.

And the restrictions on moving have also been relaxed.


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