Indicative dates for further relaxations to lockdown measures, including the restarting of the hospitality industry, have been announced by the First Minister.

Setting out the dates for the remainder of Phase 2 and the early part of Phase 3, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stressed that while sustained progress has been made to suppress Covid-19, these dates remain subject to scientific and public health advice.

Keeping a physical distance of two metres remains a requirement in Scotland but is currently under review by the Scientific Advisory Group with an update to be provided on July 2.

Detailed sectoral guidance will be published ahead of indicative dates and the Scottish Government will join with the retail sector in a campaign to encourage the use of face coverings in all shops.

Early Phase 3 dates announced today are intended to give businesses time to prepare for reopening while adhering to public health and physical distancing measures to protect workers and customers. Final decisions on moving into Phase 3 will be taken on July 9, in line with the three-weekly review cycle.

Commenting on the update, Ruth Maguire MSP said: “The announcement made today by the First Minister is a highly encouraging sign that real progress has been made in containing the spread of coronavirus. The provisional dates add clarity to Scotland’s path out of lockdown.

“I’m sure that many residents in North Ayrshire and across Scotland, who have been so co-operative throughout this process, will welcome the additional relaxations to lockdown expected to come into effect over the coming weeks.

“However, the risk of the virus has by no means gone away, and I’d urge everybody to continue to follow public health guidelines. Abiding by the measures put in place is now more important than ever as we are increasingly able to move more freely in our communities.”

Updated Route Map and indicative dates