People will be able to hug their loved ones and meet in private homes as most of mainland Scotland moves to Level 2, with eased restrictions on hospitality, entertainment, education and sport. In an acceleration of previous plans, the number of people and households that can meet inside homes inRead More →

A number of key council services in Edinburgh, including libraries, community centres and galleries, will shortly reopen following the move to Level 3 in Scotland earlier this week. Plans have been developed to prioritise the reopening of these venues in line with the Scottish Government’s current guidance and route map outRead More →

Everyone in Scotland can now access rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, even if they have no symptoms. Free lateral flow home test kits are available for pick up without an appointment from many local walk-in or drive-through test sites from 3.30pm each day, or by ordering online or by phone, forRead More →

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced details of the further relaxation of restrictions across Scotland. From Monday 26 April, hospitality venues such as cafés, pubs and restaurants can reopen, along with tourist accommodation. Non-essential retail outlets and close contact services such as beauty salons can also reopen, in addition toRead More →

Ramadan 2021 has begun in the UK and around the world. It is the second Ramadan to be celebrated during the Covid-19 pandemic, so traditional practices will differ due to current restrictions. The festival involves a month of fasting and prayer, with Muslims participating not eating or drinking anything duringRead More →

This easing of restrictions has been brought forward allowing six people from six households to meet outdoors from this Friday (16 April). Travel within Scotland for outdoor socialising, recreation and exercise will also be allowed from the same date. However, people must continue to stay local for other purposes suchRead More →

Nearly all pupils will return to full-time school when the Easter holidays end. However, children who are on the shielding list are advised to stay at home until 26 April, in line with advice from the Chief Medical Officer. All other pupils, will return to school once the summer termRead More →

All remaining primary school children are set to return to school full-time from 15 March, with all secondary pupils returning on a part-time basis from that date. Regulated childcare, including breakfast and after-school clubs, for primary pupils will also re-start on 15 March as part of the Phase 2 return.Read More →

Scotland’s phased and careful approach to easing lockdown restrictions while continuing to suppress Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been outlined by the First Minister. The updated Strategic Framework sets out the six tools the Scottish Government will use to restore, on a phased basis, greater normality to our everyday lives. The immediateRead More →