Scotland’s stay at home order to end on April 5 and pubs should be open by end of the month in lockdown easing

SCOTS could be back in pubs and restaurants in April, Nicola Sturgeon has revealed.

The First Minister detailed her roadmap out of lockdown this afternoon, with Scotland’s stay at home order to end on April 5.

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Scots could be back in boozers with their pals soon

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Scots could be back in boozers with their pals soonCredit: Alamy
Nicola Sturgeon outlined her roadmap out of lockdown at Holyrood today

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Nicola Sturgeon outlined her roadmap out of lockdown at Holyrood todayCredit: AFP or licensors

And she confirmed that bars could re-open in late April, as she put forward plans for easing restrictions.

Non-essential retail and gyms and hairdressers are also expected to return at the same stage.

Ms Sturgeon said a phased return for these sectors would start in the last week of April.



And she urged Scots to stick to the rules, saying abiding by the restrictions – alongside the vaccine rollout – would speed up the process.

And the FM said more detail would be confirmed in mid-March.

Speaking at the Scottish Parliament today, she said: “From the last week of April, we would expect to see phased but significant re-opening of the economy, including non-essential retail, hospitality and services like gyms and hairdressers.

 

“And, of course, the more of us who are vaccinated and the more we all stick by the rules now, the faster that safe pace is likely to be – if we all stay in this together, our progress will be greater.

“As I said earlier, we will set out more detail in mid-March on the indicators that will guide our decisions on levels, as well as on any revision to the content of each level – taking account of our experience and of sectoral views – and the order in which we expect those parts of the economy that have been restricted to start reopening from the last week of April.”

It comes as Scottish hospitality chiefs urged the FM to reopen pubs, restaurants and hotels within three months to “keep pace” with Boris Johnson’s plans.

Last night, England announced plans to allow boozers to fully reopen by the middle of May.

And the Scottish Hospitality Group (SHG) said Ms Sturgeon must take a “similar approach” to the encouraging plans – and anything less would be an “incredible betrayal” to hospitality workers.

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