Scotland & Wales – Roadmap Out of Lockdown

Hannah Williamson

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17 Mar 2021

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While the UK as a whole is heading out of lockdown, each region has a different roadmap.

If you are located in Wales, Scotland, or have operations in either country, then you need to be aware of the restrictions and key dates.

Scotland Roadmap

While there was already an indication of when restrictions would be eased in Scotland, these dates were confirmed on the 16th March 2021. Like the England roadmap, the dates may be moved depending on data. For this reason, we’ll keep this blog updated when any major changes occur.

Here are the key dates you need to be aware of:

Key dates

5 April 2021

From this date, click and collect retail services can resume. Homeware stores will also be able to reopen, as will showrooms and garden centres. Finally, hairdressers and barbers will be able to reopen on an appointment only basis.

12 April 2021

Though not one of the key pillars of the roadmap for businesses, this is still a key date for many. After Easter (12 April for most schools) all children should return to school. As of yesterday (15 March), all primary school children are back full time

26 April 2021

From this date all parts of mainland Scotland will move down to a modified level 3. Islands that are currently in level 3 will have the option to move to level 2. This means a number of businesses can reopen, including:

  • All remaining retail premises and tourist accommodation
  • Libraries, museums, galleries and gyms for indoor exercise
  • Cafes, restaurants and bars, can start to serve people outdoorsuntil 10pm

As well as the above, there could also be a limited indoor reopening of hospitality on this date. This will be limited to the service of food and non-alcoholic drinks. There will also be a cut off time at 8pm.

Finally, shielding is expected to end on this date.

17 May 2021

On this date, all areas of Scotland are expected to move to level 2. This means a greater easing of restrictions, including:

  • Indoor hospitality returning with greater normality, with some restrictions
  • Cinemas and bingo halls reopening
  • Outdoor and indoor events may return, albeit on a small scale at first

Early June 2021 and beyond

By this date, the government hopes to move all of Scotland to level 1.

With this move, it is hoped that there will be an increased attendance at events and much more normal hospitality arrangements. Venues will be able to stay open until 11pm.

By the end of June the aim is to get the whole country down to levels 1 and 0, however these will still come with some restrictions.

Wales Roadmap

Wales is yet to officially unveil it’s full roadmap, but there are some key dates that we already know.

Firstly, outdoor sports facilities such as golf, tennis and basketball are now able to open, and have been free to do so from 13th March. Hairdressers and barbers are also free to open, so long as they operate on an appointment only basis.

Here are some of the upcoming dates you should look out for:

  • 22nd March: From this date garden centres can begin to reopen
  • 27th March: Self-contained accommodation and libraries can reopen and organised children’s activities can restart
  • 12th April: Non-essential shops, and other close contact services can reopen

As of yet, no date has been set for the re-opening of hospitality. This has been put down to the “unpredictable nature of the pandemic”.

There are sure to be further updates on the roadmap for Wales, and when they come in we’ll keep you updated.

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About the Author

Hannah Williamson is a CIPD Qualified HR professional with over 10 years’ experience in generalist HR management working within the Manufacturing Industry.

Working for a Global manufacturer provided Hannah with the opportunity to work in America and across Europe supporting HR functions and the wider business.

Hannah is Croner’s Advice Manager, taking responsibility for overseeing the provision of advice to all Croner clients, bringing together our Corporate, Simplify and Association service provisions.

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