Scotland’s Level 1 restrictions and the council areas that will be moving on June 7

Jun 2, 2021 News

Scotland’s Level 1 restrictions and the council areas that will be moving on June 7

Glasgow will move into Level 2 restrictions from Saturday, June 7, Nicola Sturgeon has announced, after being left in Level 3 in the last easing of restrictions. 

The Scottish First Minister also stated on June 1 that much of the north and south of Scotland will move into Level 1 restrictions from this date, in line with the timetabled easing of restrictions. However, it was announced that more than half of the Scottish population will be in lockdown "limbo" from from June 7.

13 councils in the central belt of the country will remain in Level 2, as they do not have a low enough Covid rate to meet her threshold for reducing restrictions. These include Edinburgh and Midlothian, Dundee, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, the three Ayrshire areas, North and South Lanarkshire and Clackmannanshire and Stirling.

Ms Sturgeon told MSPs in Holyrood that "it is important to stress that this is a pause, not a step backwards."

"Level 2 is not lockdown. It does have an impact on opening hours of pubs and restaurants and the numbers that can attend certain events.

"Taking a cautious approach now – while more people get fully vaccinated – gives us the best chance of staying on the right track overall."

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon reacts as she makes a statement at the Scottish Parliament on the next stage of lockdown easing on June 1 in Edinburgh

Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Europe 

Most of Scotland moved into Level 2 restrictions on May 17, allowing for a limited number of people to meet indoors and for indoor hospitality to reopen, following the change in the rules, alongside all holiday accommodation such as hotels, self-catering accommodation and campsites.

However, when permitted areas move into Level 1 on June 7, up to 6 people from 3 households can stay overnight in a home, and up to 8 people from 3 households in an indoor public place like a café, pub or restaurant, which can remain open later. 

Additionally, up to 12 people from 12 households outdoors in a private garden or a public place.

The Western Isles, Orkney, Shetland, all islands in the Highland Council area with the exception of Skye and the islands in the Argyll and Bute area, were moved into Level 1 on May 17, due to vaccination rollout and low case numbers. 

The First Minister said while the vaccination programme is having an effect on the level of serious illness from the virus, not enough people are fully protected.

"However – and this is why I have described our current situation as a transition – although we are vaccinating as quickly as possible, there is still a sizeable proportion of the population not yet fully vaccinated," she said.

"And full vaccination is vital. Protection against the Delta variant after one dose is not negligible – but it is not substantial either. It is after two doses that the protection is much stronger."

What are the current rules in Scotland?

Most of Scotland moved to Level 2 of lockdown restrictions on May 17, allowing for six people from three households to meet indoors, and eight people from eight households to meet outdoors.

Children under the age of 12 do not count towards this number of people meeting outside, but they do when gathering inside.

Pubs and restaurants can also remain open indoors until 10:30 pm in Level 2 areas, with alcohol allowed to be served indoors. 

Customers in the Waverley, Edinburgh, enjoy a drink inside the bar. Alcohol can now be served inside pubs and restaurants, which are allowed to stay open until 22.30, as most of Scotland moved to Level 2 restrictions on May 17 to ease out of lockdown.

Credit: Jane Barlow/PA

Funerals and weddings – including post-funeral events and receptions – are now allowed to take place with up to 50 people and alcohol permitted. 

Additionally, people across the UK can now travel between England, Scotland and Wales as border restrictions are eased. However, people in Levels 1 and 2 cannot travel into Level 3 areas without a permitted reason in order to prevent the spread of the virus. 

University and college students have returned for in-person teaching and outdoor contact sports for 12- 17-year-olds have resumed. Primary students returned to the classroom full-time on March 15, with those in secondary having a mix of online and face-to-face lessons.

Outdoor non-contact sport and organised group exercise can take place for all adults, in groups of up to 15 people. 

Level 3, which currently applies to Glasgow until June 7, allows for non-essential shops, pubs and restaurants to open their doors.

However, hospitality must currently close from 8pm indoors, and alcohol is only allowed to be served outdoors. 

How many vaccinations have taken place in Scotland?

As of June 1, 3,267,290 people have received the first dose of the Covid vaccination, while 2,075,231  have received their second dose since the rollout began on January 16.

In the latest drive, the Scottish government have started to invite people aged 18-29-year-old to register for a jab from May 24. 

In the specific areas of Glasgow affected by the current outbreak, everyone aged 18 to 39 is now being invited, with the older age groups being prioritised.

Can I travel to Scotland?

Travel to and from England is now allowed, following the latest changes of lockdown measures. Self-catering accommodation has also been allowed to reopen as of April 26.

A further easing of lockdown measures in both England and Scotland on May 17 means all remaining accommodation including hotels, hostels and B&Bs can re-open. Domestic overnight stays will be allowed from this date for groups of up to six people or two households.

Additionally, travel to some countries without a hotel quarantine upon return is now permitted.

Under the system similar to that set out by the government in Westminster, countries will be classified as green, amber and red and a review would take place every four weeks.

Managed isolation will still be needed for countries on the "red list", while a 10-day period of self-isolation with two PCR tests will be needed for amber list countries and those arriving from green list countries will be required to take a test when they arrive, but will not need to self-isolate if they do not have the virus.

Twelve countries and territories appear on the "green" list from today, May 17, including Iceland, the Faroe Islands, New Zealand and Australia.

"This decision means that, as of now, we have a consistent four nations position on international travel – I think that’s positive," Ms Sturgeon said.

"It has been made possible because the decisions the UK Government has arrived at are appropriately cautious – I hope this continues to be the case but I need to stress that the Scottish Government will continue to take the decision we consider to be right for Scotland.

"We will not sign up to decisions that will put our progress at risk."

Read more: Travel advice for holidays to Scotland

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