From Monday, Scots will be able to enjoy a pint at their local beer garden as part of a series of changes being made to the lockdown.
It will be the first time that many pubs have welcomed punters since tight restrictions were imposed in Boxing Day last year.
Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the changes during a Covid press briefing earlier this week. The First Minister urged Scots to act cautiously when they enjoy their new freedoms.
All hospitality venues will have to adhere to a number of rules while the virus still poses a threat in Scotland.
Premises, such as cafes, pubs and restaurants, will be allowed to serve alcohol outdoors until 10pm every night.
Indoor hospitality has been given the green light to go ahead, but Scots will have to wait at least another three weeks before they can get an alcoholic drink inside. Services provided indoors can remain open until 8pm under the rules.
Six people from six households will be allowed to meet at beer gardens. A maximum of six people from up to two households can socialise indoors in a public space.
Punters should wear a face covering apart from when seated – this includes entering exiting and moving around.
Pubs and restaurants will have adhere to one metre rules on social distancing.
All customers will have provide their contact details at the door for NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect service. New rules to be imposed from Monday say that every member of a household should give their details when asked to do so.
Scots have been advised to remain seated as much as possible and should avoid raising their voices – with a ban on singing. Table service is mandatory at all venues.
Punters should avoid congregating with other tables and should stay at home if they have symptoms of coronavirus. Queuing should not take place inside premises.
Abusive behaviour will not be tolerated with the Scottish Government saying that it could “constitute criminality”.
Speaking at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus press briefing this week, Nicola Sturgeon said: “I know that many people across the country will be looking forward to perhaps having a drink in a beer garden, catching up for a coffee with a friend in a cafe, going to the shops that you’ve not been able to visit for some time, or perhaps taking a break somewhere in Scotland.
“But even as we enjoy all of these moments, and I hope people do enjoy them because you have earned them, we still need to be careful.”
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