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18th June 2020

Summary of the main changes to Phase 2 which may affect VSWS Members:

Outdoor Areas and Businesses

From Mon 29th June outdoor markets, outdoor playgrounds and outdoor sports centres as well as outdoor businesses such as zoos and gardens attractions can reopen. Until the restrictions can hopefully be lifted in Phase 3 people should not travel more than 5 miles to visit them. Where these places are ticketed, tickets should be bought in advance.

Retail premises of all sizes will also be able to reopen from 29th June, but only if they have outdoor entrances and exits. Indoor shopping centres will remain closed except for access to essential services.

Outdoor Hospitality

The date for the reopening of outdoor hospitality such as beer gardens has not yet been confirmed. The Scientific Advisory Group has been commissioned to offer further advice to see if this can still be done in Phase 2 as the emerging evidence suggests that pubs, restaurants and gyms can be hotspots for transmission. The First Minister said that it’s important to better understand that evidence and what further mitigation might be necessary to protect people in those spaces before they are permitted to reopen. The government expects to have this advice in two weeks and hopes to set out on or around 2nd of July whether outdoor hospitality can open during Phase 2 or whether further mitigations are required ahead of Phase 3.

Physical Distancing

Further advice has also been commissioned from the advisory group on physical distancing requirements. The current advice and evidence supports physical distancing of 2 metres, the First Minister said that she will not change this guidance without rigorous consideration and appropriate assurance, but she has asked the advisors to consider whether there are particular settings and circumstances in which, with additional mitigations if necessary, it might be possible in future to recommend a distance of 1 or 1.5 metres. She hopes to also have this advice within two weeks and will report on it then.

Face Coverings

From Monday 22nd June, face coverings will be mandatory on all public transport (with some exceptions).  They are also consulting over the next few days as to whether face coverings should also be mandatory in shops and the First Minister will report back on this before non-essential retail opens on 29th June.

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