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Scotland’s First Minister to allow outdoor spaces at hospitality businesses to reopen earlier

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced the planned phased roadmap out of lockdown for Scotland, revealing that outdoor spaces at pubs, restaurants and hotels will be able to open earlier than indoor spaces.

The four-phase process will start on May 28 and be assessed every three weeks, with each phase ‘not set in stone’.

Sturgeon announced yesterday during a government briefing at Holyrood that phase one will be initiated from next week, with takeaways and drive-through outlets allowed to reopen alongside a number of other measures such as golf, bowls, fishing and hiking now permitted.

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Phase two will see pubs and restaurants able to reopen their outdoor spaces to the public with social distancing enforced, while outdoor markets could also restart up again.

Schools will open up again on August 11 as part of phase three. Pubs and restaurants could also reopen around this time with physical distancing measures in place and increased hygiene routines.

The relaxation of restrictions on hotels, B&Bs and holiday rentals could also be relaxed during this phase.

The lockdown easing in Scotland has happened slower than the rest of the UK as the virus infection rate remained too high.

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