Phase one: what are the changes?

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Thursday 28th May

Test and Protect is now in place across Scotland. This is Scotland’s way of putting into practice the ‘test, trace, isolate, support’ strategy. If you start showing any symptoms of coronavirus—that is a high temperature or fever, a new continuous cough, or a loss of, or change in sense of smell or taste— then you should visit the NHS Inform website to book a test immediately.

Friday 29th May

Business and public services

  • Most outdoor work can resume.
  • The construction industry can begin site preparation.
  • Garden centres and plant nurseries can reopen some of their services.
  • Drive through food outlets are no longer being discouraged to remain closed.
  • Non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants & cafes—except for takeaway—must remain closed.
  • Household waste recycling centres can reopen from Monday. Exact arrangements will be confirmed by North Lanarkshire Council https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=27397
  • Other business premises should remain closed unless they are providing essential goods and services.
  • All businesses should continue to allow staff to work from home wherever possible.

Sport and recreation

  • Some non-contact outdoor leisure activity will be allowed to restart, for example golf, tennis, bowls, hill walking and fishing – it has to be within your local area.
  • You can sit and sunbathe in parks & open areas.
  • You can travel—preferably active travel such as cycling or walking—to a location near your local community for leisure & recreation. This should be no more than 5 miles from your home. You should stay within or close to local area and not use public transport unless absolutely necessary.

Social interaction

  • You can meet with another household outdoors, for example in a park or a private garden. You should not be meeting multiple households at the same time and this should only be in small groups, the total number of people recommended being no more than eight.
  • You don’t have to pick just only one household to meet with during phase one, but you can only meet with one other household at a time and try to limit this to one other household per day.
  • You should continue to stay at least 2 metres away from others who are not members of your household and avoid touching the same hard surfaces. For example, if meeting for a barbecue, each household should have its own cutlery, plates, etc.
  • If visiting another household it is vital that you don’t go indoors. Think practically—don’t visit another house if you think there’s a risk of you needing to enter their house to use their toilet for instance.
  • Do not hug or touch people who are not part of your household. This is really difficult, but it is really crucial that social distancing remains in place at this time. Full guidance on this distancing is available on the Scottish Government’s website.

 

Monday 1st June

Education and childcare

  • Teachers and staff will be able to enter schools to prepare for the reopening of schools in August.

Wednesday 3rd June

Education and childcare

  • Childcare will be available for larger numbers of children who most require it, for example vulnerable children and children of essential workers.
  • Childminding services and fully outdoor nursery provision can take place, but there continues to be limits on the number of children which can be cared for.

Other changes during phase one

  • Some key public services such as some respite care, children hearings and some key heath programmes will restart work.

 

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